What Are Some High-Tech Schools in Alabama?
There are many high-tech schools in Alabama offering career-training programs. Many of these schools also offer apprenticeship programs that allow students to supplement their classroom studies by learning a trade through professional experience. These apprenticeship programs are often paid. A few examples of these schools include:
- Calhoun Community College has a pair of campuses in the state and offers high-tech programs in areas such as aerospace technology, automation and robotics, and design drafting technology.
- Gadsden State Community College offers programs in electrical engineering technology, engineering design technology and industrial automation technology, among others.
- Alabama A&M University features multiple degree programs in technology-heavy fields, including civil engineering and computer science.
The following table lists important facts, such as tuition and total enrollment, of each of the three schools profiled below.
|Calhoun Community College||Gadsden State Community College||Alabama A&M University|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public||4-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||9,861||4,979||6,001|
|Campus Setting||Rural||Small city||Midsize city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*|| $4,520 (in-state)
| $3,600 (in-state)
| $9,857 (in-state)
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017-2018)*||80%||82%||92%|
|Acceptance Rate (2018)*||100% (Open admissions)||100% (Open admissions)||90%|
|Retention Rate for Full-Time Students (2016-2017)*||65%||59% (students began in 2011)||59%|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate*||25% (students began in 2014)||20% (students began in 2014)||24% (students began in 2011)|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Calhoun Community College
This school has campuses in both Decatur and Huntsville, Alabama, offering both on-campus and distance education. Calhoun Community College offers a number of high-tech courses and degree options including aerospace technology, air conditioning/refrigeration, automation/robotics, aviation/airframe maintenance, design drafting technology, machine tool technology, process technology, renewable energy, and welding.
Gadsden State Community College
Gadsden State is located in Gadsden, Alabama, and is made up of 17 divisions of study, each with its own course load and majors. This school offers both engineering technology and applied technology programs. The engineering technology programs include civil engineering technology, drafting and design technology, realtime reporting, air conditioning and refrigeration, electrical engineering technology, industrial automation technology, electronic engineering technology, machine tool technology, automotive manufacturing technology, and mechanical design technology
The applied technology offers programs in carpentry, welding, automotive collision repair, automotive service, and diesel mechanics.
Alabama A&M University
Located in Normal, Alabama, this school offers many high-tech courses and degree programs through the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences. This college is sectioned into four academic departments: Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Engineering, Construction Management, and Industrial Technology, and Physics, Chemistry, and Math. The school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in fields such as mechanical engineering technology, industrial technology, material engineering, and computer science.