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Calhoun to Host Children's Trust Fund Event

12/5/2011

The Alabama Parenthood Initiative (API) program at Calhoun Community College, in conjunction with 13 other area grantee agencies funded through the Children's Trust Fund (CTF), will host their annual CTF Celebration on Thursday, December 8, 2011, beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Aerospace Training Center on Calhoun's Decatur campus.  During the event, CTF will present funding to the 13 agencies and programs, which will include $40,000 to Calhoun's API program, to be used for its Morgan- Limestone County initiative.

Thursday’s event will recognize CTF for its efforts to alleviate child abuse and neglect in the North Alabama area, specifically through its funding of Calhoun's API program as well as programs provided through the Athens Limestone County Family Resource Center; Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Alabama; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Morgan County; the City of Decatur Youth Services; Family Services Center, Inc. (Both Parents and Families and Schools Together programs), Lawrence County Schools; Madison County Coalition for Healthy Marriages; Marshall-Jackson Mental Retardation Authority; Morgan County Child Advocacy Center; National Children's Advocacy Center; Parents and Children Together (PACT); and the United Cerebral Palsy of Northwest Alabama.

According to Angela Henderson, coordinator of Calhoun's API program, the initiative will continue to assist the non-custodial parents develop and maintain positive relationships with their children and to enhance their ability to support their children, through counseling, education, training, and employment opportunities.  The program has reached over 300 non-custodial parents in the Morgan and Limestone Counties.  The program has been able to prepare these non-custodial parents  with the skills necessary to break down fanicial barriers and meet their financial responsibilities to their children and training completion certification and assistance in obtaining viable employment opportunities.

Training is offered in a number of areas through Calhoun's API program, including Broadband Technology Program, Commercial Drivers' License (CDL); Construction Industry Classes & Assessment Training (welding; plumbing-Apprentice Level 1); Electrical; Pre-Apprentice Lineworker Program; Health Care programs in Phlebotomy Technician, Pharmacy Technician and Medical Billings Records Clerk, Dental Assisting; computer application classes (including A+ certification); and Industrial Maintenance.  The students have up to 15 weeks to complete their training program (depending on work schedules).

For more information on Calhoun's Alabama Parenthood Initiative program, call 256/306-2914 or email arh@calhoun.edu .

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