About the Calhoun County Career Academy
The Calhoun County Career Academy is located in Jacksonville, Alabama, at the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. The school is a part of the Calhoun County School System. The school services all 15 county schools with programs as diverse as the many children we serve.
The original school, known as the Calhoun County Trade School, was established in 1946 under the leadership of Calhoun County Schools Superintendent A.C. Shelton as a training center for veterans returning from World War II. The original school, which operated on the site of a home for the poor, consisted of little more than a few army huts and an old barn. The school expanded in 1968 with the addition of four large, new buildings at a cost of $400,000. Programs offered at that time included machining, auto mechanics, body and fender work, cabinet making, welding, basic electricity, appliance repair, radio and television repair, technical electronics, and drafting. The present-day facility was completed with the construction of additional buildings in 1976 and 1984.
All career technical programs in Calhoun County are Business Industry Certified (BIC). This process requires each program to undergo an onsite visit facilitated through the State Department of Education by a program-like educator and two representatives from the Business and Industry in the community. The programs that meet this rigorous standard have all areas evaluated including, lesson plans, community, business and industry involvement, job placement and equipment that mirrors actual job conditions.