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Our excellent education infrastructure and collaborative partnerships create competent, ready-to-work employees.

Tapping into our talent pool truly is a wise move. Home to Tier 1 research university The University of Alabama, private liberal arts school Stillman College, and Shelton State Community College, Tuscaloosa County can leverage a dynamic learning atmosphere with effective state and regional workforce training programs to provide the right people for the jobs.

Tuscaloosa County Workforce Stats




Labor Force


Total Higher Education
Student Enrollment


Students Graduated College
in Tuscaloosa in 2019


Growth in College Graduates
Annually 2014-2019


Residents Highest Level of Education Achieved is High School or Equivalent Degree

Sources: TCEDA, Stats America

Tuscaloosa County Labor Market Data

For more detailed labor market data, visit the Tuscaloosa County Profile compiled by the Alabama Department of Labor.

Partnerships in Workforce Development

Imagine attending a half-hour meeting and leaving with support from over 15 agencies and education institutions. That’s the incredible advantage of Tuscaloosa County being a part of West AlabamaWorks, a workforce development organization that seamlessly connects government, education and private sector partners throughout our nine-county region.

Higher Education

The University of Alabama

  • 9,708 graduates in 2019
  • Almost 800 National Merit Scholars currently enrolled
  • Tier 1 Research University

Stillman College

  • Undergraduate population of 1,075
  • Among “15 Most Wired College Campuses,” U.S. News & World Report
  • Noted for outstanding programs in biological sciences, business administration and teacher education

Shelton State Community College

  • 852 graduates in 2019
  • Dozens of academic, health service and technical programs
  • Customized workforce development programs

Other Workforce Training Resources


Alabama Industrial Development Training is a nationally renowned state agency that provides no-cost services to employers and trainees that enhance career technical program offerings at the state’s community and technical colleges, including:

  • Recruiting, assessing, and training potential and existing employees
  • Certified manager, supervisory, and team leadership training and development
  • On-the-job training and training facilities, including 38 Mobile Training Units
  • Assisting with safety compliance, maintenance, continuous improvement/process improvement

Public Schools & Career Tech Centers

Our city and county school systems provide specialized technical training and other career education opportunities. These include:

Alabama Technology Network

Alabama Technology Network, part of the Alabama Community College System, is ISO 9001:2008 Certified and connects industry leaders with government and education resources to provide workforce training, technical assistance, and engineering services to existing workers in the following areas:

  • Continuous improvement
  • Environmental health & safety
  • Food safety
  • Industrial maintenance & technology
  • Leadership management and development