Typically, when business professionals look for qualified employees, they search for candidates that are highly skilled, who have excellent communication skills, and leadership training. Often, high school students struggle to get the kind of experience required for many of today's top career opportunities. This is why the primary focus of Career and Technical Education is to work with local and international businesses in different career fields to ensure students are equipped with the skills needed for lifelong success.
The Alabama Department of Education is the only state-level educational agency in the nation to receive certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for its business/industry certification (BIC) process, used to certify Career and Technical Education programs for industry compliance.
Interactive maps are available to help secondary programs build workforce opportunities through Career Clusters. There is a map for each Career Cluster that includes all Career Tech Program locations in Alabama.
Ten Regional Workforce Development Councils have been established in Alabama. They provide a direct link to the workforce needs of business and industry at the local level. The Councils are business-driven and business-led and work with their member counties to develop a regional strategic plan and comprehensive workforce development system that supports local economic and job development activities.
Alabama Workforce Development Regional Councils Map - Click on the map to find scholarships by region. Currently, scholarships are listed in Region 2 and 4.
Alabama Workforce Development Month
Beginning this year, the Alabama Department of Education has started a new celebration - Workforce Development Month - to honor our state's commitment to preparing students for a lifetime of career success. This celebration will take place September 1-30th. Special activities are being planned statewide. The goal is for all Alabamians to know about the great career skills that students are learning in our classrooms. Follow this link to Workforce Development Month activities and information. "Today's Students" will be "Tomorrow's Leaders!"
Go Build Alabama
This website was created by the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute, the Go Build campaign is designed to educate young people on the value of learning a trade, dispel their misconceptions about the construction industry and inspire them to consider building a career as a skilled construction tradesman.
Career and Technical Education Programs
View the content standards for these programs.
A diagram showing the path that Career and Technical Education students can take from school to work.
How Alabama Career Tech Works
A diagram showing the opportunities available to Career and Technical Education students.