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.
TCTA is committed to hiring educators who have professional experience in their industry. Instructors have combined professional career experience of more than 300 years in welding, information technology, nursing, TV production, animation, agriculture, building construction, electrical technology, and more. Local industry and community leaders make up 15 advisory councils.
Real World Experience
Workplace simulation is instrumental in preparing students for the chapter of life after high school. The programs offered at TCTA are relevant to the career opportunities available in the local community and beyond.
Coupled with workplace simulation as a top priorty TCTA prides itself on levelling the playing field for students with Special Needs, so that all students get the tools needed to succeed, in the classroom and in the workplace.
Credentials & Certificates
Students earned over 630 industry-recognized credentials in the 2016-2017 school year. These certifications, which include CPR, Patient Care Aide, Emergency Medical Technician, Automotive Service Excellence, National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), ServSafe, Certified Guest Service Professional, Adobe Premier Pro, Revit, Inventor, and PC Pro, help students stand out in the employment marketplace.
Safety, Teamwork, Attendance, Appearance, and Communication (STAAC) is emphasized schoolwide. This initiative is embedded into daily curriculum. STAAC focuses on employability skills that are important to local business and industry. This exposure helps better prepare students for the real-world environment.
Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy
2800 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
17 Industry-Certified Pathways
22 Instructors with Extensive Industry Experience
15 Industry Advisory Councils
$23 Million Dollar Facility