Blount County, Alabama has a highly skilled workforce drawn from several local career tech, and surrounding two and four year colleges. Our institutions offer programs that create an educated workforce and offer training in skills required for today's industries. In addition to our institutions highlighted below, the State of Alabama offers access to some of the most advanced and sought after workforce development resources in the country, including Oneonta's own Alabama Career Center.
Blount County Career Technical CenterThe Blount County Career Technical Center offers programs and courses for high school juniors and seniors that are designed to prepare them with the skills necessary for today’s highly competitive job market, and for entry into four- and two-year postsecondary education institutions. This is accomplished through hands-on experience, internships, apprenticeships, and cooperative education.
With the recent addition of over $750,000 in new equipment – including a comprehensive Amatrol and PLC lab, BCCTC students are trained in a modern, state-of-the-art facility and the only one of its kind in the State of Alabama at the high school level. In addition, through a unique working relationship with surrounding community colleges, BCCTC links its high school course work with requisite college course work to assist students in making a smooth transition from one level of education to another without experiencing delays or duplication in learning. Through these articulation agreements, BCCTC programs provide students with the opportunity to be awarded college credit for courses completed in high school at no cost to the student. All students enrolled in every program at the BCCTC are given the opportunity to earn business and industry certified credentials, such as NCCR, AWS, ASC and OSHA-10, attesting to the student's competence, knowledge, and skills in his/her chosen field and making many BCCTC students workforce ready directly out of high school.
BCCTC is proud to offer the following Programs of Study:
- Welding Technologies
- Health Science
- Automotive Technologies
- Cooperative Education
- Collision Repair
- Business / Marketing
- Construction Technologies
- Career Academy / Planning
- Health Science
The Blount County Career Tech Center also participates in the Alabama Career Planning System which provides education and career planning resources to help students build a successful future. Whether searching for higher education, industrial training, exploring career options, or creating a professional portfolio of materials for the job search, the system provides the tools our students need to secure a successful future.
AIDTClick here to visit the AIDT website
The Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT) designs and conducts workforce training programs to provide technical education for Alabama workers and increase the quality of the labor pool in Alabama’s communities. AIDT’s services are available to any new or existing manufacturer that creates jobs through expansion or location of a plant in Alabama.
Programs have included:
- Management and Supervisory Training
- ISO 9000 Certifications
- Business Process Reengineering
- Customized Programs for Specific Companies
Training can be conducted at:
- The company
- One of AIDT’s training centers
- Leased facilities
- One of more than 30 mobile units that can be trucked to a plant site
All of AIDT’s programs can be customized with equipment and training materials specific to your company. View chart of AIDT Workforce Development Process.
ATNClick here to visit the ATN website
The Alabama Technology Network (ATN) is part of the Alabama Community College System, and is comprised of a team of experts that help solve the unique needs of local industries and businesses. ATN does this through innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective solutions; conducting detailed-oriented needs assessments, outlining potential solutions, and providing technical assistance to help solve problems when necessary.
ATN links industries and businesses with the resources they need from its network of universities, colleges, businesses, and sometimes even the government. ATN provides the training needed for companies to be more effective, productive, and competitive.
Wallace State Community CollegeClick here to visit Wallace State Community College's website
Located in Hanceville, Alabama, Wallace State Community College (WSCC) offers associate degree programs and certification courses through its technical programs. The college consistently earns high placement and near perfect pass rates on state certification exams. The leaders at WSCC are pro-active and will work with industry to meet specific training needs. WSCC also offers cooperative education opportunities for students and apprenticeships.
Technical programs include:
- Adult Basic Education
- Agriculture Production / Horticulture
- Auto Body Repair
- Auto Mechanics
- Clerical Technology
- Commercial Food Preparation & Service
- Commercial Sewing
- Diesel Mechanics
- Drafting and Design
- Electronic Technology
- Engineering Technology
- Flight Technology
- Heating and Air Conditioning
- Machining Technology / Computer Numerical Control
- Office Technology
- Legal and Medical Transcription
- Office Information Systems
- Upholstery Interior / Refinishing
- Welding Technology
Snead State Community CollegeClick here to visit the Snead State Community College website
Located in the heart of Sand Mountain, the Boaz campus of Snead State Community College is within driving distance of Birmingham and Huntsville. Snead State also has two fully-functional off-campus sites in Arab and Oneonta.
Snead State has one of the largest distance education programs in the State, offering a flexible schedule and online courses, allowing students to pursue their education while balancing their hectic lifestyle.
Snead State also has a specific Workforce Development Division.
Surrounding Four Year Institutions
- University of Alabama at Birmingham www.uab.edu
- University of Alabama in Huntsville www.uah.edu
- Jacksonville State University www.jsu.edu
- Samford University www.samford.edu
- Birmingham-Southern University www.bsc.edu