The Talladega County, Sylacauga City and Talladega City School systems are all fully accredited by both the State Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

Central Alabama Community College in Childersburg and Talladega, Talladega College, and the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind are among the county's higher educational institutions.

Other accredited colleges and universities within an hour drive include the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City, Gadsden State Community College in Gadsden and Anniston, Jefferson State Community College in Pell City and Trussville, Jacksonville State University, and the University of Montevallo.

  • Colleges & Universities

    Talladega College

    Talladega College is a four-year, nationally accredited liberal arts college. Founded in 1867, Talladega College consistently ranks high nationally among historically black colleges, in overall number of students who receive PhD's and who enter the medical profession.

    Alabama's oldest, private, historically black, liberal arts college continues to offer a unique undergraduate educational experience. They are committed to maintaining a high standard of academic excellence evidenced through the success of graduates. Learn more about them and explore their historic campus through their website.

    Other Colleges and Universities

  • Community & Technical Schools

    Central Alabama Community College

    Central Alabama Community College has a long and distinguished history of making dreams a reality for thousands of students. CACC offers a quality education that is affordable and close to home, but driven by a dynamic combination of strong academic and technical curriculums, championship athletics, cultural enrichment offerings, active scholastic and social organizations, leadership opportunities and community outreach.

    The college's technical division offers Associate Degree and Certificate programs in many vocational fields. Examples of programs include: Computer Science, Drafting and Design, Electronics, General Business, Hazardous Materials, Nursing, Office Administrator, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Carpentry, Diesel Mechanics, Machine Shop Management and Supervision, and Welding.

    Alabama Industrial Development Training

    AIDT's Total Workforce Delivery System has provided thousands of skilled, motivated employees to Alabama industries since 1971.

    A quality workforce for Alabama industries requires a quick and complete response. AIDT provides on-the-spot training even before you have a place to provide on-the-job training.

    Key to AIDT's response is a unique infrastructure allowing the total, upfront commitment of our resources to the success of your company. We offer comprehensive pre-employment selection and training, leadership development, on-the job training, maintenance assessments, and industrial safety assessments and training-all specific to your company's needs. AIDT's unique workforce selection and training processes have achieved the world's first ISO 9001:2000 certification for a state-funded workforce training program.

    Alabama Technical Network

    The Alabama Technology Network of the Alabama Community College System links two-year colleges, The University of Alabama System, Auburn University and the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama together to solve the needs of the state's existing manufacturing industry. This link allows Alabama manufacturers to "make things better in their business." As Alabama's Affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership, our employees are able to provide services through a variety of training options and methods.

    Whether it’s through Lean manufacturing training, quality services training, continual improvement methods, environmental health and safety training, industrial maintenance training, or one of the many other services we offer to Alabama manufacturers, our team of experts can meet local needs and provide innovative and cost-effective solutions. ATN’s sites are strategically located throughout the state to provide local points of contact in order to train Alabama manufacturers in need of assistance.

    Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind

    The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind is the world's most comprehensive education, rehabilitation and employment system serving children and adults who are deaf, blind and multidisabled. With five campuses and nine regional centers throughout the state, AIDB has been investing in the lives of thousands of infants, toddlers, children, adults and seniors who are challenged by hearing and vision loss for 150 years.

    The Alabama School for the Blind, founded in 1867, provides traditional and nontraditional programs and educational experiences for children ages 3-21 who are blind and vision impaired as residential or day students. ASB has won notable acclaim for its academic success and offers advanced academic, academic or occupational diplomas.

  • Primary & Secondary Education

    Sylacauga City Schools

    Sylacauga's school system is excellent. Its pupils score above state and national averages on standardized tests. Sylacauga High School and East Highland Middle School were awarded Certificates of Excellence in Education in 1985 U.S. competition.

    In 1988 the Sylacauga City Schools Foundation was formed. The foundation raises funds to aid Sylacauga schools in their continuing quest for excellence, focusing on areas such as expanded instruction in music and art, increased academic competition, additional interaction with professionals such as scientists, authors, etc., and other enrichment opportunities.

    Talladega City Schools

    Talladega City Schools are dedicated to the development of the total child. Continuing threads of service in all programs include instruction in basic subject area, library, music, computer training, and physical and social development. Expanded educational opportunities are also available. Five elementary schools, a middle school, a junior high school and a senior high school serve approximately 4,000 students.

    Talladega County Schools

    Talladega County Schools have a revised and extensive curriculum designed to make its 8,500 students competitive in the college and job markets through the 1990's. Capital improvements provide comfortable classrooms and buildings conducive to learning. Talladega County students are served in fourteen schools throughout the county.

  • Dual Enrollment

    Dual enrollment is offered to eligible high school students in the following systems: Sylacauga City, Talladega City, and Talladega County schools. Students are allowed to enroll in certain career/technical education courses concurrently with high school classes, and receive both high school and college credit where appropriate.

    Dual Enrollment classes are offered through Central Alabama Community College and Gadsden State Community College.

    Courses Offered Central Alabama CC Gadsden State CC
    Accounting (ACT)
    Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (ACR)
    Automotive Service Technology (AUM/ASE)
    Automotive Manufacturing (AUT)
    Carpentry (CAR)
    Child Development (CHD)
    Civil Engineering Technology (CET)
    Computer Information Systems (CIS)
    Diesel Mechanics (DEM)
    Drafting & Design Technology (DDT)
    Electronics Engineering Technology (EET)
    Electrical Technology (ELT)
    Electronics Technology (ILT)
    Emergency Medical Services (EMS - Basic)
    Industrial Maintenance Technology (INT)
    Machine Shop/Tool Technology (MSP/MTT)
    Mechanical Design Technology (MDT)
    Nursing Assistant (NAS)
    Office Administration (OAD)
    Welding (WDT)