Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy


  • The Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy (TCTA) is a specialized facility that provides college and career readiness with a focus on the development of workplace skills for local high school students. TCTA students choose a career pathway based on interest and assessments. As they progress through a program by taking related courses, participating in career tech student organizations, earning industry-recognized credentials and certifications, and gaining real-world experience, students develop invaluable skills to guide them to their chosen career paths. Students also participate in a Simulated Workplace environment. This initiative introduces students to various business processes to better prepare them for the realities of the workplace. Integrating authentic business practices gives students access to the necessary skills sets, certifications and academics needed to be successful citizens.

  • Traditional Programs-On Campus Classes and Hands-on Labs

    Traditional Programs - These programs require that students attend their schedule course classes on campus and attend their hands on lab experiences. This is the most recommended category, because it's scientifically proven that hands on experience provides the best understanding in CTE programs.

    • Building Construction I-III & CTE Lab
    • Cosmetology State Board Program
    • Culinary Arts II & CTE Lab
    • Electrical I-III & CTE Lab
    • Firefighting
    • Hair Coloring & CTE Lab
    • Health Science Internship (*Spring 2021)
    • Intro to Fire & CTE Lab
    • Intro to Robotics
    • Plumbing I-III & CTE Lab
    • Salon Practice & Management
    • Sports Medicine Advanced
    • Welding I-III, Senior Career Pathways Program, CTE Lab, & Dual Enrollment

  • Traditional OR Virtual Programs

    Traditional ​OR Virtual Programs - These programs are offered both in person (traditionally) and Virtually. There are stipulations to credentials for certain portions of course completion, such as lab hours that are required. These programs can be completed in either setting; however, credentials can only be obtained if all stipulations are fulfilled.

    • Animal Science 
    • Animation Character Development Design
    • Visual Communication
    • Animation Layout
    • Aquaculture Science
    • Arts, TV, Communication & CTE Lab
    • Character Animation
    • Education & Training
    • FACS
    • Emergency Services
    • Event Planning
    • Foundations Art AV
    • Food & Nutrition
    • Hospitality & Tourism
    • Intro to Animaton
    • Intro to Veterinary Science
    • Intro to TV Production
    • JAG I & JAG II
    • Lodging I
    • Plant Biotechnology
    • Principles of Engineering
    • Principles of Public Services
    • Senior Career Pathway ART
    • Story Boarding, Animation, & Filmmaking

  • Hybrid Programs

    Hybrid - this is a combination of both traditional and virtual. Students are required to do coursework online/virtually, but are required to do lab/hands on training in the lab for a portion of the time.

    • Intro to Cosmetology & CTE Lab
    • Intro to Eng Design
    • Chemical Services
    • Principles of Public Service
    • Civil Engineering
    • Fundamentals of Sports Medicine
    • Intermediate  Sports Medicine & CTE Lab
    • Culinary Arts
    • Engineering design & development
    • Therapeutic Services
    • Foundations of Health Science
    • TV Production, Photo/Editing
    • Fundamentals of Agriscience
    • TV Studio & Operations
    • Intro Barbering

  • Richjetta Branch
    Principal, Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy
    Phone: 205-759-3700
    Fax: 205-759-3542 

    We are located at 1210 21st Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.

    Guests must bring a photo ID and sign in and out at the front desk. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time, Monday-Friday during the school year.