McClellan was once a major military training facility with many campus-style features. Today, these facilities serve as a great location for private and public sector training and educational centers.  Two state schools are housed here: Jacksonville State University (JSU) – JSU McClellan Center and Gadsden State Community College (GSCC) – McClellan Campus.


Educational training opportunities at McClellan extend beyond the university setting to the nation’s premier all-hazards training center. For the past decade, FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness has offered training for federal, state and local emergency responders. CDP has trained first responders representing every state in the union, each of the US territories and many international allies.

Calhoun County’s Cooperative Extension services offers Master Gardener courses and monthly lunch and learn lectures. JSU Field Schools offers classes as varied as papermaking, storytelling, archeology tours and beginning birding.