Education and Workforce Training


Education in Opelika... Education is a top priority to the people of Opelika. We demand the best of our own city schools and enjoy the many additional educational opportunities available at area colleges, universities, libraries, museums and special programs.

K-12 Education

Opelika City Schools

Private Schools

Lee Scott Academy

Trinity Christian School

Higher Education

Auburn University

Southern Union State Community College

Tuskegee University

Community Education

Lewis Cooper Junior Memorial Library

Museum of East Alabama

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art

Auburn University

Auburn University has a long and rich tradition of excellence in engineering education. Home to Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, Alabama's largest and most prestigious engineering program, Auburn produces more than one-third of the state's engineering graduates. Auburn is one of the top five universities in the nation for producing NASA scientists and astronauts and is the first and only university in the nation to offer a bachelor's degree in Wireless Engineering. Auburn University was the first program in the Southeast to offer bachelor's and master's degrees in Software Engineering as well as the only state university to offer a Polymer and Fiber Engineering Program.

Southern Union State Community College

Southern Union State Community College located in Opelika offers technical training and college preparatory classes. Technical degree programs are offered in welding, electronics, and CAD/CAM systems. Southern Union also has an Industry Training Center available to help meet the needs of local industry. Southern Union's Instructional Divisions are composed of three distinct Divisions - Academic, Technical, and Health Sciences. The Opelika campus currently has over 4,000 students enrolled.

The Industry Training Center combines age-old principles of thoroughness, workmanship and precision with the newest advances in industrial technology to produce intelligent, creative workers who understand your company's equipment from the ground up. Our training covers the spectrum from the careful production of basic machine weights to operation of our multi-million-dollar Allen-Bradley PLC Servo unit , which provides programmable logic control and intelligent motion control for several manufacturing devices at once.

Course Offerings
  • Engineering Graphics and Design
  • Plastics Injection Molding
  • Computer Numeric Controlled Machining
  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • Welding
  • Automotive Service
  • Industrial Automation and Robotics
  • Industrial Electricity and Electronics
  • Industrial Maintenance and Manufacturing Technology

Workforce Training

Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT)

AIDT provides quality workforce development for Alabama's new and existing businesses and expands the opportunities of its citizens through the jobs these businesses create. AIDT is an institute of the State's Department of Postsecondary Education and encourages economic development through job-specific training.