Resources below for students and parents with guidance on how to navigate the college application process including finding the right school and understanding and locating as much free funding as possible.
Identify Your Technical School or College in Alabama

Alabama Community College System: This site provides students and parents information regarding all 24 community colleges and technical colleges throughout Alabama, including programs and services available, locations of schools, and eligibility requirements.

Chart of residential building trades and schools: This is a chart of residential building trades and schools in Alabama that offer programs in those trades. It’s a quick way to cross-reference your career interest with your educational options. (scroll to bottom of this page)

Alabama Commission on Higher Education: Information on paying for college including fellowships, scholarships, grants loans, and work-study. This site provides a definition of the above terms and a guide on applying for Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA).

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): This free form is distributed by the U.S. Department of Education and is used to determine a student’s need for federal financial educational assistance.

Federal Funding Assistance – How to Apply for FAFSA A comprehensive scholarship search website. features a page just for Alabama students. This site is private.

My College Options: A comprehensive, online college planning service. By creating a free college profile, you will access information regarding college and scholarship and loan matches as well as information on preparing for your SATs and ACTs. This site is private

CollegeBoard: This scholarship search website updates regularly. This site assists with a variety of common issues surrounding college planning and it lists around 2,300 scholarships. This site is private.

FastWeb: On this website, scholarships are updated regularly so there are is no outdated information. There are about 1.5 million scholarships available through this site. This site is private.

CollegeNet: This website updates monthly and allows you search for scholarships based on their content so you can easily see what you qualify for. Of interest: they offer a feature that allows students to open discussions in the forums. The conversation topics get voted on based on how interesting they are; the student with the most interesting conversation wins from $300 – $5,000. This is a private site.

Associated Builders and Contractors: Build Your Future scholarship sponsored by the NCCER. Open to anyone who is currently pursuing craft professional training in the construction industry through an NCCER-accredited program or a state or federally approved apprenticeship program in a merit shop training facility.

Achieve Alabama: Helps to connect students throughout the State of Alabama with the school that best fits their needs and with scholarship opportunities that will enable them to pursue their goals and dreams.


Typical Median Hourly WageTypical Median Annual Wage Educational Requirements Projected Growth to 2029
Carpentry$23.24$48,330High School diploma and /or Apprenticeship6%
Cabinet Making$15.72$32,690High School diploma and/or Apprenticeship-4%
Civil Engineering$41.86$87,060 Bachelor’s Degree2%
Construction Laborer and Helpers$17.31$36,000No formal education required5%
Construction Management (Building Science)$45.80$95,260Bachelor’s Degree8%
Drafting and Design Technology$27.32$56,830Associate’s Degree-4%
Electrical Engineering$48.68$101,250Bachelor’s Degree3%
Electrician$27.01$62,200Trade School and/or Apprenticeship8%
Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC)$23.43$48,730Trade School and/or Apprenticeship4%
Landscape Architect$33.35$669,360Bachelor’s Degree & Internship-2%
Masonry$22.35$46,500Trade School and/or on-the-job training-3%
Mechanical Engineers$42.51$88,460Bachelor’s Degree4%
Painters$19.37$40,280No formal education required0%
Plumbers, Pipe fitters, and Steamfitters$26.52$55,160Trade School and/or Apprenticeship4%
Roofers$20.24$42,100No formal education2%

Statics are taken from the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics 2019

To view more occupational information including wages, job description, and educational requirement, please visit the US Department of Labor’s “Occupational Outlook Handbook,” web site at:



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