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#1 in the Nation for Advanced Manufacturing Degree

Calhoun Community College has again been recognized as the nation’s top higher education institution in the annual Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialist International) Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician degree rankings, one of the most well-respected assessments among colleges and universities.

According to the latest ranking, which includes over 350 institutions across the United States, Calhoun remains No. 1 for the second year in a row. Colleges such as Texas A & M University-College Station, Jacksonville State University, Kansas State University and Los Angeles Valley College were among the competition. “The Technologies Division at Calhoun faced many tough challenges during the pandemic,” commented John Holley, Calhoun Dean of Technologies. “Hands-on instruction is extremely difficult to teach while social distancing. Not only did we adjust our programs to keep our students and instructors safe, but we were able to do that and remain number one across the nation for awarding advanced manufacturing degrees. That is most certainly a feather in the hat for our team and I couldn’t be more proud,” added Holley.

The need for skilled manufacturing workers continues to rise across the nation as more high-tech and defense jobs are in great demand. Calhoun’s technology programs prepare students to quickly enter the workforce. The curriculum and core training is mirrored to real-life work scenarios in the manufacturing industry. This unique form of training not only provides students with a mock workplace, but it helps them to become quickly acclimated to the manufacturing working environment.

“Excited is an understatement for how I felt when I heard the great news about our ranking,” said Calhoun Interim President Dr. Jimmy Hodges. “Advanced Manufacturing and workforce training are very near and dear to my heart. I truly believe what we do here at Calhoun with our training is life-changing for any student that walks through our doors. Not only do we provide students with a skill set that will land them a great job with great pay, but we connect them with partner companies to earn an income while they train,” added Hodges.

The vision for technology education is to deliver programs that are current and flexible, while providing students with a foundation of education and technical skills that will be the start of a process of lifelong learning. Offerings range from established programs in Aerospace Technology, Design Drafting Technology (including 3D modeling), Machine Tool Technology (including CNC Programming), Electrical Technology (including Industrial Maintenance and Instrumentation Options), Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, and Process Technology.

All programs are housed in new or upgraded facilities that provide state-of-the-art equipment in classroom and hands-on laboratory settings. We encourage those of you with an interest in a technology based career, whether exploring a new career or just upgrading your skills, to make Calhoun Community College your college of choice.

About Emsi

According to the company website, Economic Modeling Specialists International (Emsi) provides labor market data to professionals in higher education, economic development, workforce development, talent acquisition, and site selection. Emsi’s data covers more than 99% of the workforce and is compiled from a wide variety of government sources, job postings, and online profiles and résumés. Clients use Emsi data to solve a variety of problems: align programs with regional needs, equip students with career visions, understand regional economic and workforce activity, and find and hire the right talent. Headquartered in Moscow, Idaho, Emsi serves clients across the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia.

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