Calhoun Community College has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Secretary of Commerce's Economic Development Administration to create a new automotive technology program facility on the Decatur campus.

The announcement was made by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. According to Calhoun's estimates, the project should create 219 jobs and generate $32 million in private investment.

“The facility will provide entry-level skills necessary to enter into and excel in the automotive service and repair industry,” the release said. “It will expand and strengthen the automotive cluster in northern Alabama and southern Tennessee, enhancing the region’s economic resilience.”

The project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments. EDA funds TARCOG to bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs.

“The American labor force is the engine that drives our national economy,” Ross said. “The President and the Department of Commerce are committed to ensuring that American communities have tools available to meet the demand for a skilled workforce.”

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