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, Alabama Aviation Center and Coastal Alabama Community College. There were over 28,000 students enrolled in higher education in Fall 2019. 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.

Chickasaw City Schools

201 N. Craft Hwy., Chickasaw

251.452.2256

Chickasaw City Schools serves students in grades K-12 within the Chickasaw city limits with an early learning center, elementary, middle and high school. In the fall of 2020, the system opened Alabama Destinations Career Academy (ALDCA) – an online statewide program of the Chickasaw City Schools providing students with an interactive and engaging learning experience. The academy serves students across the state in grades K-10.

 

Mobile County Public Schools

1 Magnum Pass, Mobile

251.221.4000

Mobile County Public Schools has nearly 54,000 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 14 National Blue Ribbon Schools, the highest award given by the U.S. Department of Education. The Callahan School for the Deaf and Blind and Augusta Evans Special School offer services to special-needs students. In 2021, Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies is open to grades 6-9 in downtown Mobile.

 

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.

 

Any child who will be five or six years old on or before Sept. 1 is eligible for kindergarten or first grade, respectively.

 

There are three additional public-school systems in Mobile County – Chickasaw, Saraland and Satsuma.

 

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. Many other schools are operated through churches or private boards, including Mobile’s only charter school ACCEL Day and Evening Academy is operated by the Mobile Area Education Foundation. In all, there are more than 40 private and denominational schools in Mobile.

 

Mobile Area Chamber-member private and parochial schools include:

 

Archdiocese of Mobile

Department of Catholic Education

352 Government St., Mobile

251.438.4611

 

Cottage Hill Christian Academy

K – 5 7355 Creekwood Dr., Mobile

251.634.2513

6 – 12 3100 Cottage Hill Rd., Mobile

251.301.0050

 

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

 

Mobile Christian

K – 12

5900 Cottage Hill Rd., Mobile

251.666.1613

 

Renaissance School of the Eastern Shore

Pre-K – 10 grades

10526 County Rd. 64, Daphne

251.990.0041

 

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

251.580.4930

Alabama Aviation Center at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley trains students to work in aviation maintenance and avionics. It was the first two-year college to be designated as an official FAA Educational Resource Center. The facility accommodates 300 students.

 

Bishop State Community College

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.

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

 

Coastal Alabama Community College

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

251.580.2100

A public two-year institution in Baldwin County, it has three campuses located in Bay Minette, Gulf Shores and Fairhope.

 

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 nearly 14,000 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.