Education

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.

Mobile County Public School System

1 Magnum Pass, Mobile

(251) 221-4000

 

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.

 

Alabama School of Mathematics and Science

1255 Dauphin St., Mobile

(251) 441-2100

 

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:

 

Catholic School System Board of Catholic Education 

352 Government St., Mobile

(251) 438-4611

There are eight elementary schools and one high school in Mobile County.

 

Little Flower Catholic School

Pre-K (3&4), K – 8

2103 Government St., Mobile

(251) 479-5761

 

McGill-Toolen Catholic High School 

Grades 9 – 12

1501 Old Shell Road, Mobile

(251) 445-2900

 

St. Luke’s Episcopal School 

Pre-K – 12

3975 Japonica Lane, Mobile

(251) 666-2991

 

St. Mary’s Catholic School 

Grades K – 8

107 N. Lafayette St., Mobile

(251) 433-9904

 

St. Paul’s Episcopal School 

Grades Pre-K – 12

161 Dogwood Lane, Mobile

(251) 342-6700

 

UMS-Wright Preparatory School 

Grades Pre-K – 12

65 N. Mobile St., Mobile

(251) 479-6551

The Mobile area is home to several four-year institutions and two-year community colleges and career training establishments.

 

Alabama Aviation Center at Mobile

A unit of Coastal Alabama Community College

1975 Avenue C, Mobile

(251) 438-2816

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.

 

Bishop State Community College

Main Campus

351 N. Broad St., Mobile

(251) 405-7000

 

Carver Campus

414 Stanton Rd., Mobile

(251) 662-5362

 

Southwest Campus

925 Dauphin Island Pkwy., Mobile

(251) 665-4100

 

Baker-Gaines Central Campus

1365 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Mobile

(251) 405-4400

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.

 

Coastal Alabama Community College

1900 S. U.S. Hwy. 31, Bay Minette

(800) 381-3722

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.

 

Faulkner University

3943 Airport Blvd., Mobile

(251) 380-9090

Faulkner University maintains a campus in Mobile where students can attain associate degrees in most major subjects.

 

Fortis College

7033 Airport Blvd., Mobile

(251) 344-1203

Fortis College offers a variety of programs in healthcare and air conditioning and refrigeration.

 

MTI Business Solutions

6300 Grelot Rd., Ste. G123, Mobile

(251) 281-1060

MTI Business Solutions provides business training and computer training to individuals as well as to companies of all sizes.

 

Remington College

828 Downtowner Loop W., Mobile

(251) 243-0639

Remington College offers programs including medical technology, computer technology and criminal justice.

 

Spring Hill College

4000 Dauphin St., Mobile

(251) 380-4000

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.

 

University of South Alabama

307 University Blvd., Mobile

(251) 460-6101

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.

 

University of Mobile

5735 College Parkway, Mobile

(251) 675-5990

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.

 

Virginia College of Mobile

3725 Airport Blvd., Mobile

(251) 343-7227

Virginia College offers a wide variety of programs preparing students for careers in business, medical technology, pharmacy, office management, culinary arts and media arts.