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JA of Alabama's volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students in our community to dream big and reach their potential.


Junior Achievement of Tuscaloosa County

About Junior Achievement in Tuscaloosa County

Junior Achievement of Tuscaloosa County has reached 99,010 students in 4,900 classrooms since 2003-2004. Reaching over 12,000 K-12 students annually in the Tuscaloosa County area, JA connects members of the business community with the classroom to teach experiential, hands-on curriculum.  Programs focus on workforce readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship to cultivate success among students and increase the relevancy of their education.  JA students engage in constructive activities, covering topics such as defining the difference between needs and wants, budgeting skills, workplace ethics, application of entrepreneurial thinking and skills, and running a business.
Schools in our community look to Junior Achievement to provide supplemental learning experiences that help young people develop the competence, confidence, and character to make smart academic and economic decisions.  In a collaborative workforce readiness initiative, Junior Achievement programs are currently offered to all 2nd and 7th grade students in Tuscaloosa city and county schools.  This community-wide effort is also being expanded to include 12th grade students across Tuscaloosa County with JA Personal Success, a program which prepares students for life.  


Carla Harris
Senior Program Manager
(205) 391-0335

Nisa Moore
Program Manager
(205) 391-0564

Junior Achievement of Tuscaloosa County
P.O.  Box 21316
Tuscaloosa, AL  35402
(205) 391-0335
(205) 391-0565 (fax)


Participating Junior Achievement Schools in Tuscaloosa County

American Christian Academy
Arcadia Elementary School
Big Sandy Elementary School
Brookwood Elementary School
Brookwood High School
Brookwood Middle School
Buhl Elementary School
Central Elementary School
Central High School
Collins-Riverside Middle School
Cottondale Elementary School
Crestmont Elementary School
Davis-Emerson Middle School
Duncanville Middle School
Eastwood Middle School
Echols Middle School
Englewood Elementary School
Faucett-Vestavia Elementary School
Flatwoods Elementary School
Hillcrest High School
Hillcrest Middle School
Holt Elementary School
Holt High School
Holy Spirit Catholic School
Huntington Place Elementary School
Lake View Elementary School
Martin L. King, Jr. Elementary School
Matthews Elementary School
Maxwell Elementary School
Myrtlewood Elementary School
Northport Elementary School
Northridge High School
Northridge Middle School
Northside High School
Northside Middle School
Oakdale Elementary School
Paul W. Bryant High School
Rock Quarry Elementary School
Sipsey Valley High School
Sipsey Valley Middle School
Skyland Elementary School
Southview Elementary School
Taylorville Primary School
The Alberta School of Performing Arts
Tuscaloosa Academy
Tuscaloosa County High School
Tuscaloosa Magnet School-Elementary
Tuscaloosa Magnet School-Middle
University Place Elementary School
Vance Elementary School
Verner Elementary School
Walker Elementary School
Westlawn Middle School
Westwood Elementary School
Woodland Forrest Elementary School

* Elementary School Program: K-5th Grades, Middle School Program: 6th-8th Grades, High School Programs: 9th-12th Grades

JA Tuscaloosa County Supporters

Our work would not be possible without the generous support of our business community. These future-forward and civic-minded companies have all helped bring JA programming to our community.

Barkley GMC
Bryant Bank
Stan Pate Fabrication
Hunt Refining Company
Hunt logo
IWS logo
Jamison Money Farmer
Liberty Recycling
McAbee Construction logo
Mercedes-Benz logo
Nucor logo
Regions logo
Regions logo
Spire logo
Tuscom logo
Wells Fargo logo
Westervelt logo


Junior Achievement of Tuscaloosa County Board of Directors

W. Gary Nichols — Chair
McAbee Construction
Patrick Hamner — Vice Chair of Resources
Vice President/Commercial Banker
Bryant Bank
Michael Ford — Co-Vice Chair of Programs
Financial Advisor
Raymond James
Brittany Floyd — Co-Vice Chair of Programs
Director of Marketing and Business Development
Alabama ONE
Tim A. Lewis — Vice Chair – Image & Awareness
TALA Professional Services
David M. Ford — Secretary/Treasurer
Director: Business Honors Program Clinical Professor and Sam Walton Free Enterprise Fellow
Department of Management The University of Alabama
Emily Bryant
Director of Allocations and Community Relations
United Way of Alabama
Dr. Michael J. Daria
Tuscaloosa City Schools
Russell Dubose
HR Director
Phifer Incorporated
Dennis Duncan
CTE Director
Tuscaloosa County School System
Kyle Faught
Tuscaloosa Market President
Renasant Bank
John Guin
Manager Rolling Mill
Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa, Inc.
Brad Hayes
Senior Vice President/Commercial Banking
Regions Bank
Will Hewson
Executive Director-Business Analytics & Process
The University of Alabama
Rusty Hughes
Manager-Customer Service
Spire Alabama Inc.
Thomas Humber
Fitts Agency, Inc.
Will Patton
Director, Human Resources
Hunt Refining Company
Kelley Porter
VP Member Experience
Alabama Credit Union
Susan Shirley
Legal Technical Support
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc.

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