Education

Primary & Secondary Education: Key Highlights

Marion County Schools:

  • Hamilton High School prioritizes STEM and 21st century approaches to career readiness:
    • #2 in a recent state of Alabama competition in industrial engineering and coding.
    • One of only 3 schools in the State of Alabama with ___ software in the classrooms.
    • The hydroponics & aquaponics programs ranked in the top 25 in the world.
    • Highly ranked health sciences programs in pharmacy tech, CNA training, patient care tech, EKG certification.
    • Extensive STEM academic programs.
    • Welding and other industrial training programs.
    • With Hamilton High School just 1.5 miles from Bevill State Community College, over ___ students from Hamilton participate in dual-enrollment programs.
  • Guin High School: adding a new Health Sciences program in 2023.
  • Brilliant High School offers a diesel mechanics program open to high school & college students.

Winfield City Schools:

  • Winfield High School: 2014 U.S. News and World Report Silver Level School.
  • Winfield Elementary School: U.S. Department of Education 2014 National Blue Ribbon School.
  • Winfield’s STEM programs are among the best in the nation: first and only school district to receive “whole school” (elementary, middle, high schools) certification in the Cognia Global Network, a distinction only offered to highly effective institutions that prioritize STEM education.

Fayette County Schools:

  • Modern Manufacturing Program: Fayette County Schools is partnering with Bevill State Community College and Phifer Wire to prepare students with basic manufacturing principles and technical skills that are critical for a successful career in manufacturing.
  • Fayette County’s Health Science program won the Alabama HOSA Spotlight Award the last two consecutive years. This is an award given to the program with the highest number of community service hours in the state.
  • Fayette County’s HOSA program was #1 in the international competition for Medical Innovations.
  • Berry High School has one of the top Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) programs in the state, with 17 state and 2 international elected officers over the years. 
  • Fayette County High School ranked 28th in Alabama by USNews.
  • Hubbertville School is investing $850,000 into new renovations to their career tech facilities.

Lamar County School of Technology:

  • Located in Vernon, LCST works in partnership with Bevill State Community College to prepare young adults for careers in industrial and technology fields
  • Programs include Automotive Technology, Precision Machining, Welding, and Health Sciences, with additional coursework in business and computer software.
  • Students enrolled in LCST programs can earn college credits and industry certifications through Bevill State Community College (with scholarships available through Bovay Foundation support).
  • LCST facility is a simulated workforce environment: students use badges to “clock in” and learn soft skills, work discipline, and teamwork.   
  • LCST students have high success rates (e.g., over 90% of welding students achieve their credentials).
  • Enrollment at LCST is rising.
  • LCST has strong partnerships with major manufacturers in the region.    

Fayette County Schools

System Statistics:
  • Average Enrollment: 2,330
  • Teachers with Six Year (Class AA) through Doctorate Degrees: 3.4%
  • Teachers with Master’s Degrees (Class A): 46.3%
  • Teachers with Bachelor’s Degrees (Class B): 50.3%
  • Above state average for technology usage.
*Source: 2017-2018 Profile Report from the Alabama State Department of Education.

Marion County Schools

System Statistics:
  • Average Enrollment: 4,941
  • Teachers with Six Year (Class AA) through Doctorate Degrees: 2.6%
  • Teachers with Master’s Degrees (Class A): 56.6%
  • Teachers with Bachelor’s Degrees (Class B): 40.7%
  • Above state average for technology usage.
Source: 2017-2018 Profile Report from the Alabama State Department of Education.

Lamar County Schools

System Statistics:
  • Average Enrollment: 2,389
  • Teachers with Six Year (Class AA) through Doctorate Degrees: 8.4%
  • Teachers with Master’s Degrees (Class A): 50.7%
  • Teachers with Bachelor’s Degrees (Class B): 40.8%
  • 99.2% of tech/career students took a Job in a related field or enrolled in post-secondary studies.
*Source: 2017-2018 Profile Report from the Alabama State Department of Education.

Winfield City Schools

System Statistics:
  • Average Enrollment: 1,249
  • Teachers with Six Year (Class AA) through Doctorate Degrees: 2.4%
  • Teachers with Master’s Degrees (Class A): 60.9%
  • Teachers with Bachelor’s Degrees (Class B): 36.5%
  • 91.3% of tech/career students took a Job in a related field or enrolled in post-secondary studies.
*Source: 2017-2018 Profile Report from the Alabama State Department of Education.

Private Schools

  • Liberty Christian Academy (K-12)
  • Fayette Christian Academy (K-7)

Post-Secondary Education

Bevill State Community College has two campuses within the tri-county area. The college offers two-year academic and technical associate degree programs, as well as continuing education, workforce development, and technical certificate programs. Bevill State Community College also has two other campuses in nearby counties, as well as two adult educational centers.

Locations

Fayette Campus

2631 Temple Ave. N
Fayette, Alabama 35555

Hamilton Campus

1333 Military St.
Hamilton, Alabama 35570

Distance to other area colleges & universities

  • Mississippi University for Women
    22 miles
  • Itawamba Community College (Fulton, MS)
    28 miles
  • University of Alabama
    37 miles
  • Stillman College (Tuscaloosa, AL)
    38 miles
  • University of North Alabama (Florence, AL)
    41 miles
  • Mississippi State University
    44 miles
  • Shelton State Community College (Tuscaloosa, AL)
    48 miles
  • Northwest-Shoals Community College
    50 miles
  • Calhoun Community College (Decatur, AL)
    58 miles
  • Wood College (Mathiston, MS)
    64 miles
  • Samford University (Birmingham, AL)
    66 miles
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, AL)
    66 miles
  • Northeast Mississippi Community College
    72 miles
  • Wallace State Community College (Hanceville, AL)
    73 miles
  • Lawson State Community College (Birmingham, AL)
    78 miles
  • Drake State Technical College
    83 miles
  • University of West Alabama (Livingston, AL)
    86 miles
  • University of Montevallo (Montevallo, AL)
    92 miles
  • University of Mississippi
    98 miles
  • Jefferson State Community College (Birmingham, AL)
    100 miles

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