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Calhoun’s API Program Receives Grant

10/7/2011

October 7, 2011

Calhoun Community College’s Alabama Parenthood Initiative (API) program of Morgan and Limestone Counties has been awarded $100,950 from the Alabama Department of Child Abuse.  The grant is part of a $2.5M award received from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services by the state for its Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood Grant.  Calhoun’s API program partnered with the Department of Child Abuse Prevention and other state agencies as a consortium in the grant application. 

Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood will enable Calhoun’s API to provide more services to reach additional non-custodial parents in its service area, and help ensure the program’s sustainability.  API is part of a statewide network of public, private, non-profit, and faith-based organizations working to enhance the ability of non-custodial parents to support their children and to have greater and more constructive involvement in the lives of their children.  Services provided through Calhoun’s program include:  Skills Assessment; Vocational Training; Counseling; Job Readiness Classes; Resume Writing; Job Seeking Skills; Job Development; Job Coaching; Esteem Building Classes; and Short-term Skills Training.

“We are extremely excited about this additional funding for our API program” commented Calhoun President Marilyn Beck.  “Since beginning this program over five years ago, dozens of parents have successfully completed training and well over $400,000 has been paid in back child-support.  This program had definitely met the mission for which it was established.”

The Alabama Parenthood Initiative is funded, in part, by the Children's Trust Fund of Alabama.  For more information regarding API at Calhoun, contact Angela Henderson, Program Coordinator at 256-306-2914 or via email at arh@calhoun.edu

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Janet Kincherlow-Martin
Director of Public Relations
(256) 306-2561

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