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Chancellor to see robotics at Calhoun

By M.J. Ellington · (334) 262-1104

MONTGOMERY — Calhoun Community College will introduce its robotics program for the new head of the state two-year college system during a Decatur visit just for that purpose.

Chancellor Bradley Byrne said he looks forward to seeing Calhoun’s robotics program when he visits the morning of July 24.

Byrne said Tuesday that he also plans to visit Wallace State Community College in Hanceville. Wallace State also has interest in robotics, and both campuses are in prime locations near the high-tech and aerospace programs in Huntsville, he said.

Byrne will return to Decatur on Aug. 13 to speak to faculty and staff at orientation. While robotics will not necessarily be a part of that speech, Byrne said he is interested in seeing the program already in place at Calhoun.

Gov. Bob Riley also has interest in robotics and wants a robotics campus, perhaps with non-degree and degree programs, to complement the high-tech industry moving into Alabama.

Riley said he wants the center in North Alabama near Huntsville. He mentioned robotics in multiple visits to the Decatur area during his second gubernatorial campaign, but did not commit to any location.

In a May interview with The Daily, Riley said he remains committed to locating a robotics campus “unlike any other in the country” close to Huntsville.

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