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April 11, 2018

Senator Doug Jones Announces $1.5 Million Grant to Expand Automotive Workforce Opportunities at Calhoun State Community College

Funds Will Help CSCC Build a Hands-On Automotive Technology Program Facility


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today announced $1.5 million in federal grants for the construction of an automotive technology program facility on the campus of John C. Calhoun State Community College. This Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant funding announcement will help expand and strengthen the automotive industry cluster in northern Alabama. The project is estimated to create 219 jobs and leverage over $32 million in private investment.

“A hands-on training experience in an active shop environment will help the students of Calhoun Community College gain the skills they need to earn a job in Alabama’s booming automotive industry,” said Senator Doug Jones. “This project will also help support the growth of the automotive industry cluster in northern Alabama, which is at the heart of the regional economy. I’m looking forward to seeing how Calhoun State puts this grant funding to work for its students and local industry partners.”

EDA grants are awarded through a competitive process based on merit, eligibility and availability of funds. The mission of the EDA is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation’s regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.


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