Calhoun Community College

Calhoun Community College is a public community college in Tanner, Alabama. It is the largest of the 27 two-year institutions that make up the Alabama Community College System.

John C. Calhoun Community College
TypeCommunity college
PresidentDr. Joe Burke
34.648°N 86.948°W / 34.648; -86.948


The college was founded in 1946 and named after John C. Calhoun, the 7th Vice-President of the United States. He was a War Hawk of 1812, hence the Calhoun athletic teams names.

Huntsville Campus

The Huntsville Campus opened in 2006. The Sparkman Building was originally a Chrysler electronics factory. The building was purchased by Calhoun Community College for $4.5 million, which included $2 million for a 5-year cleanup of the site.[1]

Construction of the Math, Science, and CIS building began in 2014, and was opened in 2016.[2]


In addition to its main 110-acre (45 ha) campus in Decatur, the college has sites at Huntsville/Cummings Research Park, the Alabama Center for the Arts in downtown Decatur, and at the Limestone County Correctional Facility. The campus sits adjacent to Pryor Field Regional Airport along Highway 31.


Calhoun serves just over 10,300 students. It offers 49 associate degree programs and 52 career and certificate programs. Of Calhoun's 302 full-time employees, 133 serve on the college faculty. Over 80 percent of the full-time faculty possess at least a master's degree and approximately 15 percent hold a doctorate.

Student life


The Decatur campus serves as home for the Warhawks athletic teams. Both baseball fields, and the Carlton Kelly Gymnasium, are housed on the campus.[3] Calhoun participates in baseball and softball in the Alabama Community College Conference.

Due to the small size of both Decatur and Austin High School's gymnasiums, the rivalry basketball game is held, each year, at the 3,000-seat Carlton Kelly Gymnasium, to accommodate the large crowds. However, this gym is still not the correct size for the event as crowds up to 4,000 in size attempt to attend the event and upwards of 1,000 can be turned away at each rivalry game.

Notable alumni

See also


  1. Zatz, David; Webster, John. "Huntsville Electronics: Chrysler Car Stereos, Computers, Dashboards". Allpar. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
  2. "Our History at a Glance". Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  3. "Warhawk Athletics". Calhoun CC. 2009.
  4. Alabama House of Representatives: Micky Hammon Archived 2013-02-21 at the Wayback Machine
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