Spotlight on Autauga & Elmore: Higher Education

Two institutions of higher education are based in Autauga and Elmore counties

Autauga and Elmore counties are located next door to several two-year and four-year colleges and universities in Montgomery County, including Huntingdon College, Alabama State University, Faulkner University, Troy University-Montgomery, Auburn University-Montgomery and Trenholm State Technical College.

In-county facilities include:

Central Alabama Community College staff teach students at Autauga County Technology Center how to operate a skid steer.

Central Alabama Community College – Prattville campus

Central Alabama Community College has a rich history and commitment to student success. It was established by consolidating Alexander City State Junior College and Nunnelley State Technical College in 1989. With the addition of the Talladega Center in 2006, the Pratt’s Mill Center in 2018, and the acquisition of East Memorial Baptist Church in December 2021 to create a larger, permanent campus in Prattville, CACC has continuously expanded its reach and impact.

The Prattville campus has witnessed significant traditional and dual enrollment growth, prompting the college to further invest in its infrastructure and faculty. With an investment of $16.5 million in the Prattville campus and an additional $3 million planned for fiscal year 2024, CACC has added a nursing skills lab, a simulation lab and new welding lab.

CACC takes pride in serving diverse communities within its service area. The Prattville campus offers local access to instruction and training for a rapidly growing population, many of whom are designated as underemployed. The college’s diverse degree programs, certifications and non-credit training equip students with the skills and knowledge required for today’s workforce.

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Ingram State Technical College

J.F. Ingram State Technical College, in Elmore County, is the state’s sole education provider to incarcerated adults and juveniles sentenced as adults. The goal is to help them successfully return to their families and communities, as well as the workforce.

Ingram, a two-year institution and a member of the Alabama Community College System, is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. It offers 20 credit and non-credit technical training programs, industry certification, preparation and testing for the GED, adult education and life skills training.

Ingram has three campuses in Elmore County — the main campus in Deatsville, Draper Instructional Service Center in Elmore and Tutwiler Instructional Service Center in Wetumpka. In total, Ingram serves 17 Alabama prisons in 20 counties and 12 Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Parole facilities.

This article appears in the January 2024 issue of Business Alabama.

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