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2022-2023 College Catalog 
2022-2023 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Martin Campus

Shelton State Community College is part of a state system of public colleges. This system originated in the Alabama Trade School and Junior College Authority Act enacted by the state legislature in May 1963. The governing board for the institutions within this system is Alabama Community College System.

Shelton State Community College was established by resolution of the ASBE on January 1, 1979. That resolution combined two existing institutions: Shelton State Technical College, established in 1952, and the Tuscaloosa branch campus of Brewer State Junior College, an institution whose main campus was located in Fayette, Alabama. The Tuscaloosa branch campus of Brewer State had been in operation since 1972.

C. A. Fredd Campus

In 1994, Shelton State Community College consolidated with C. A. Fredd State Technical College, another public two-year college located in Tuscaloosa. The new institution created by the consolidation retained the name of Shelton State Community College, and the president of Shelton State was named president of the consolidated institution. The institution now called Shelton State Community College, C. A. Fredd Campus, was created by the state legislature in 1963 as Tuscaloosa State Trade School. In 1974, the institution became Tuscaloosa State Technical College and was authorized by the ASBE to grant the associate degree.

In 1976, the College name was changed to C. A. Fredd State Technical College to honor the first president of the institution. C. A. Fredd State Technical College was recognized as one of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Shelton State Community College maintains that identity and continues the specific HBCU mission of promoting educational access and opportunity for all students in a culturally diverse community.

HBCU Status

Historically Black Colleges and Universities are a source of accomplishment and great pride for the African American community as well as the entire nation. The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, defines an HBCU as “…any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans, and that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association determined by the Secretary [of Education] to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered or is, according to such an agency or association, making reasonable progress toward accreditation.” HBCUs offer all students, regardless of race, an opportunity to develop their skills and talents. These institutions train young people who go on to serve domestically and internationally in professions as entrepreneurs and in the public and private sectors.

Sandra Hall Ray Fine Arts Center

The Sandra Hall Ray Fine Arts Center honors one of Tuscaloosa’s most outstanding cultural, educational, and business leaders. This Center is home to the Shelton State Community College Fine Arts Division, Theatre Tuscaloosa, and the Alabama Stage and Screen Hall of Fame. The Fine Arts Center facilities include the Bean Brown Theatre, the Alabama Power Recital Hall, the Bell South and Cadence Bank Galleries, painting, drawing, and photography studios, and a dance studio. The Shelton State Community College Music Department, with choral and instrumental rehearsal rooms, faculty studios, an electronic keyboard classroom, and student practice rooms, is also located in the Fine Arts Center. The Sandra Hall Ray Fine Arts Center at Shelton State Community College is unique among community colleges in Alabama and places Shelton State among the elite arts education institutions in the southeast.

Shelton State Community College Libraries

Shelton State Community College maintains two campus libraries to serve students: the Brooks-Cork Library, located on the Martin Campus, and the Lewis Library, located on the C.A. Fredd Campus.  Both libraries provide a range of traditional and electronic resources that strongly support learning at Shelton State Community College. Students may access library catalogs online through the Library Services webpage on the College website.  Students are encouraged to use the Alabama Virtual Library (AVL) from any computer on campus. Home access to the AVL is available at no cost to anyone, and passwords are no longer required of Alabama residents.  The library also subscribes to a number of databases.  Access is available seamlessly on campus, and some of the databases can be accessed off campus with proper credentials.  Students must verify enrollment to receive these credentials.

Brooks-Cork Library/Martin Campus

Monday - Thursday

7:30 a.m. -  8:00 p.m.


8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Lewis Library/C.A. Fredd Campus

Monday - Thursday

7:45 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.




Library hours vary according to campus. The libraries are not open when the College is closed, and special hours or changes in the regular schedule are posted as necessary.

Students who fail to return borrowed materials should be aware of the following College policies:

  • Overdue fines for materials are charged at a rate of 10 cents per day.
  • Overdue fines for items on reserve are charged at 50 cents per hour.
  • Replacement costs for lost or damaged items include the cost of the item plus processing fees.
  • Unpaid fines are considered a debt to the college and are forwarded to the Business Office on a daily basis.

Students and other library users are expected to abide by College policies regarding behavior and student conduct including posted guidelines for use of electronic resources. All library procedures and expectations are posted on the Library Services webpage on the College website.

All library users should be prepared to show current identification in the libraries upon request. Printing privileges are limited to currently enrolled students.

Alabama Community College of the Fine Arts

In 1997, in recognition of its contributions to and potential in art, music, dance, and theatre, the Alabama Legislature, by joint resolution, designated Shelton State Community College as the Alabama Community College of the Fine Arts. The mission statement for the Community College of the Fine Arts is to provide accessible, inclusive educational and cultural opportunities for students and citizens of Alabama through quality instruction and innovative arts programming. Joining together amateurs and professionals, technology and tradition, the College encourages the development of excellence in a broad range of artistic expressions.

In 1998, Shelton State and Theatre Tuscaloosa founded The Alabama Stage and Screen Hall of Fame to honor Alabamians, by birth and adoption, who made significant contributions to film, television, or theatre. Past inductees include Tallulah Bankhead, Rebecca Luker, Truman Capote, George Lindsey, Dean Jones, Hugh Martin, and Jim Nabors.

The SOAR Institute

Student Opportunities for Achievement and Resources

The Student Opportunities for Achievement and Resources (SOAR) Institute, housed on the Martin Campus, provides programs and services to develop and strengthen the skills students need to be successful.  SOAR services extend to the C.A. Fredd Campus as well as students enrolled in online courses.  Tutoring is supplementary instruction for Shelton State courses. Free, in-house tutoring in mathematics, reading, English, and other subjects is offered as well as free online tutoring, which is available twenty-four hours a day through Smarthinking®.  Placement test help sessions as well as technology help sessions are offered. The tutoring program is available to students who are currently enrolled in courses at Shelton State. For more information, visit the College website or call 205.391.2984.

Americans with Disabilities (ADA)

Shelton State Community College seeks to comply fully with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. It is the policy of the College that a good faith effort shall be made to meet the accommodation requests of persons with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against any qualified person regardless of his or her disability. To request accommodations, students should provide documentation of the disability to the Office of Disability Services. The documentation should address the specific accommodation and should be dated within three years of the enrollment date. Reasonable accommodations will be provided based on information received. Once the documentation is filed with the ODS, the student’s instructors will be notified of the requested accommodation. Students should update their information with the disabilities office each semester they are enrolled in school. Requests for accommodations procedures and more detailed information are available in the Shelton State Student Handbook and on the College website.