Alabama Community Colleges and Technical Schools

Pursuing an education at a community college used to be thought of as sub par to earning a degree from a four-year college or university, but not anymore. The fact is, many career minding students and aspiring professionals now prefer earning a degree and getting the training they need to launch a career by attending a community college or technical school. Among the many reasons why are cost and benefit.

So let's take a look at the cost of attending a 2-year community college vs a 4-year college or university. Consider the following chart that compares the annual average tuition cost of college level students in the state of Alabama for 2013.

AVG. TUITION COSTS

As you can see that the cost of attending a community college in Alabama is much lower than the cost of attending either private or public 4-year college. And anymore, the benefit of attending a 4-year college over a 2-year community college just isn't that great either. All things considered, earning a degree or certificate from a community college in Alabama these days makes a lot of sense – to a lot of people.

Even though Alabama isn't the largest state in the nation, based on area or population, it has a relatively large number of community colleges and technical schools. In all, Alabama is home to 20 community colleges and 20 technical vocational schools – all of which offer 2-year associate degree programs, 1-year professional certificates or academic diplomas. All community colleges in Alabama belong to the Alabama Community College System (https://www.accs.cc/). Most of the states technical and vocational schools are privately owned and operated.

Several of Alabama's community colleges are even ranked among the top in the nation. The Marion Military Institute and Northeast Alabama Community College were recently ranked among the 50 best community colleges in the United States. The Aspen Institute listed Northeast Alabama Community College among the top 10% off all community colleges in the United States as recently as 2013.

Below you'll find a comprehensive list of the 1 and 2-year community colleges, technical institutes and vocational schools located in Alabama. To learn more about an individual school just click on its link.

School Location Type Accreditation
Alabama Southern Community College Monroeville, AL Associate's college SACS
Alabama State College of Barber Styling Gardendale, AL Technical ACCSC
Bevill State Community College Jasper, AL Associate's college SACS
Bishop State Community College Mobile, AL Associate's college SACS
Blue Cliff Career College Mobile, AL Technical ACCSC
Brown Mackie College-Birmingham Birmingham, AL Technical ACICS
Cardiac and Vascular Institute of Ultrasound Mobile, AL Special-focus Institution ABHES
Central Alabama Community College Alexander City, AL Associate's college SACS
Chattahoochee Valley Community College Phenix City, AL Associate's college SACS
Community College of the Air Force Montgomery, AL Associate's college SACS
Enterprise-Ozark Community College Enterprise, AL Associate's college SACS
Fortis College-Montgomery Montgomery, AL Associate's college ACCSC
Fortis College-Foley Foley, AL Associate's college ACCSC
Fortis College-Dothan Dothan, AL Associate's college ACCSC
Fortis College School of Cosmetology Mobile, AL Associate's college ACCSC
Gadsden State Community College Gadsden, AL Associate's college SACS
George C Wallace Community College-Dothan Dothan, AL Associate's college SACS
George C Wallace Community College-Selma Selma, AL Associate's college SACS
George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville Hanceville, AL Associate's college SACS
H Councill Trenholm State Technical College Montgomery, AL Associate's college COE
ITT Technical Institute-Bessemer Bessemer, AL Technical ACICS
ITT Technical Institute-Madison Madison, AL Technical ACICS
ITT Technical Institute-Mobile Mobile, AL Technical ACICS
J F Drake State Technical College Huntsville, AL Associate's college COE
J F Ingram State Technical College Deatsville, AL Associate's college COE
James H Faulkner State Community College Bay Minette, AL Associate's college SACS
Jefferson Davis Community College Brewton, AL Associate's college SACS
Jefferson State Community College Birmingham, AL Associate's college SACS
John C Calhoun State Community College Tanner, AL Associate's college SACS
Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus Birmingham, AL Associate's college SACS
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College Andalusia, AL Associate's college SACS
Marion Military Institute Marion, AL Associate's college SACS
New Beginning College of Cosmetology Albertville, AL Technical ACICS
Northeast Alabama Community College Rainsville, AL Associate's college SACS
Northwest Shoals Community College-Muscle Shoals Muscle Shoals, AL Associate's college SACS
Paul Mitchell The School-Huntsville Huntsville, AL Technical ACICS
Prince Institute of Professional Studies Inc Montgomery, AL Technical SACS
Reid State Technical College Evergreen, AL Associate's college SACS
Shelton State Community College Tuscaloosa, AL Associate's college SACS
Snead State Community College Boaz, AL Associate's college SACS
Southeastern School of Cosmetology Birmingham, AL Associate's college NACCAAS
Southern Union State Community College Wadley, AL Associate's college SACS
The Hair Academy Montgomery, AL Technical ACICS
Xcell Academy-A Paul Mitchell Partner School Hoover, AL Special-focus institution ACICS
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