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A Strong Workforce for a Growing Mobile
Mobile’s growing business community counts on a strong, talented and dedicated workforce. Abundant education programs ensure local residents have the skills area employers need. Among the most recognized state-led workforce training programs in the country, AIDT offers comprehensive pre-employment selection and on-the-job training specific to a qualifying company’s needs. In Mobile, AIDT operates the Alabama Aviation Training Center, AIDT Maritime Training Center and the Erich Heine Learning Center.
Mobile is home to several colleges and universities. The largest is the University of South Alabama, with more than 16,000 students. Faulkner University, Spring Hill College and University of Mobile are privately run.
There are also numerous community colleges, training centers and apprenticeship programs, including Bishop State Community College and Coastal Alabama Community College. In the spring of 2016, a new 25,000-square-foot advanced manufacturing training facility was announced to help the Alabama Community College System meet employer needs for skilled workers. In addition to having the state’s largest Advanced Placement program, Mobile County Public Schools has 12 Signature Academies with career-oriented curriculums based on current and projected job openings. Included areas of focus are advanced information technology, aerospace, coastal studies, engineering, entrepreneurship, health, international studies, manufacturing and maritime.
1 Magnum Pass, Mobile
Mobile County Public Schools has nearly 60,000 children, making it Alabama’s largest public school system. The system has two International Baccalaureate high schools, a magnet program serving students in K-8 and 13 National Blue Ribbon Schools, the highest award given by the U.S. Department of Education.
The Regional School for the Deaf and Blind and Augusta Evans Special School offer services to special-needs students.
There are three additional public school systems in Mobile County – Chickasaw, Saraland and Satsuma.
New students enrolling in a public school should bring their parent or legal guardian, a photo ID, two proofs of residence and the student’s social security card, birth certificate, certificate of immunization and report cards. Immunizations are required for Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio, Rubella, Measles and Mumps.
Entrance age requirements: Any child who will be five or six years old on or before Sept. 1 is eligible for kindergarten or first grade, respectively.
1255 Dauphin St., Mobile
The Alabama School of Mathematics and Science attracts some of the brightest high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from all parts of the state and offers outreach programs for local students and schools.
The area has a large parochial school system operated by the Catholic Archdiocese of Mobile, including McGill-Toolen Catholic High School, St. Mary’s Catholic School and Little Flower Catholic School. Many other schools are operated through churches or private boards. In all, there are more than 40 private and denominational schools in Mobile.
Mobile Area Chamber member private and parochial schools include:
352 Government St., Mobile
There are eight elementary schools and one high school in Mobile County.
Pre-K (3&4), K – 8
2103 Government St., Mobile
Grades 9 – 12
1501 Old Shell Road, Mobile
Pre-K – 12
3975 Japonica Lane, Mobile
Grades K – 8
107 N. Lafayette St., Mobile
Grades Pre-K – 12
161 Dogwood Lane, Mobile
Grades Pre-K – 12
65 N. Mobile St., Mobile
The Mobile area is home to several four-year institutions and two-year community colleges and career training establishments.
A unit of Coastal Alabama Community College
1975 Avenue C, Mobile
Alabama Aviation Center at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley trains students to work in airframe technology, power plant technology and avionics. It was the first two year college to be designated as an official FAA Educational Resource Center.
351 N. Broad St., Mobile
414 Stanton Rd., Mobile
925 Dauphin Island Pkwy., Mobile
Baker-Gaines Central Campus
1365 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Mobile
Bishop State Community College has four campuses and works with local industries to provide training programs for new and existing employees. In addition to university transfer programs, the college is expanding its technology training to match the needs of Mobile industries.
1900 S. U.S. Hwy. 31, Bay Minette
Coastal Alabama Community College, a public two-year institution with 12 campuses in six southwest Alabama counties, offers university transfer courses and an extensive list of career programs.
3943 Airport Blvd., Mobile
Faulkner University maintains a campus in Mobile where students can attain associate degrees in most major subjects.
7033 Airport Blvd., Mobile
Fortis College offers a variety of programs in healthcare and air conditioning and refrigeration.
6300 Grelot Rd., Ste. G123, Mobile
MTI Business Solutions provides business training and computer training to individuals as well as to companies of all sizes.
828 Downtowner Loop W., Mobile
Remington College offers programs including medical technology, computer technology and criminal justice.
4000 Dauphin St., Mobile
Spring Hill College, founded in 1830, is one of the nation’s oldest Jesuit institutions. Recognized as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the South, it offers graduate programs in business administration, theology, liberal arts, nursing and education, as well as a Division for Lifelong Studies for adults wishing to further their education.
307 University Blvd., Mobile
The University of South Alabama has more than 16,000 students at campuses in Mobile and Baldwin counties. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs. In healthcare, USA provides students with an exceptional medical education through the colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions.
5735 College Parkway, Mobile
The University of Mobile is a private institution affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study.
3725 Airport Blvd., Mobile
Virginia College offers a wide variety of programs preparing students for careers in business, medical technology, pharmacy, office management, culinary arts and media arts.