New Apprenticeship Classes begin September 11th

STOWA is hosting its 2023-24 Trades Apprenticeship classes beginning September 11th, 2023, at STOWA Training Center. Classes will meet once a week for 9 months. In-person interviews required for entry into the class. Completers will receive 2000 hours toward their Journeyman license credit.

Carpentry Class begins July 19th

STOWA will be hosting a Carpentry apprenticeship class beginning July 19th and will meet on Wednesday and Thursday from 5-8pm for 14 weeks in-person interviews required for entry into the class.

Jumpstart 17 Registration Now Open

STOWA’s evening jumpstart registration is now open. Classes will begin July 24th and run for 10 weeks. Classes will be on Monday and Tuesday Nights from 5-8pm. In-person interviews are required for entry into the class.

HVAC ‘Fast Trak’ Program Showing Great Progress

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An innovative, accelerated program designed to take a new hire to an HVAC technician-ready employee in five months began at Skilled Trades in January. Using a combination of in-class, online, hands-on and on-the-job learning. Six initial students are currently being trained as HVAC technicians. Excellent progress is being made and the program is on track to meet our objective by end of […]

Skilled Trades Graduates 3rd Building Construction Class

Skilled Trades has graduated our 3rd building construction class of outstanding students and future skilled tradesmen. The program continues to grow and help fill the pipeline with skilled, career-oriented young talent. The 4th building construction class begins March 22nd .

Summer High School JumpStart Program Begins June 5th

With the success of Skilled Trades initial high school pre-apprentice JumpStart program for seniors, plans have been announced for two summer sessions beginning in June. The two-week programs will be held June 5 thru June 29, and July 10 thru August 4 at the Skilled Trades Training Center. Classes will be held Monday thru Thursday […]

Inaugural High School JumpStart Class Graduates

The inaugural Skilled Trades high school pre-apprentice JumpStart class has graduated. On Friday, March 10th, nine outstanding high school seniors from Tuscaloosa City Schools – Bryant, Central and Northridge – received their graduation certificates and credentials.   The nine-week class provided training in the construction trades leading to potential employment upon graduation from their respective high school. Classes were held five days a […]

Help Shape the Career of a New Tradesman

If you have experience in the construction trades – electrical, plumbing, HVAC, building construction and carpentry, alarm and low voltage systems – we would like to have a conversation with you. With the growth of Skilled Trades of West Alabama, instructors are needed for our ‘Jump Start’ pre-apprentice program along with individual apprenticeship level courses. […]

Jump Start Graduates Class 15

Skilled Trades award-winning pre-apprentice program, “Jump Start”, graduated the 15th class on January 17th. 14 outstanding students completed the program successfully and the majority have already been employed and are working in a trade. Jump Start to date has graduated over 200 students since its inception in February 2021. Jump Start Class 16 begins February […]

New HVAC ‘Fast Trak” Program Begins

An innovative, accelerated training program designed to take a new hire to a HVAC technician-ready employee in five months has begun at Skilled Trades of West Alabama. Using a combination of in-class, online, hands-on and on-the-job training, six initial students have been employed and will be paid while being trained. Classes are held five days […]