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 have 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 Gala to commemorate inductees is held on the Martin Campus and has become one of the most significant cultural events in Alabama.
The SOAR Institute
SOAR: Student Opportunities for Achievement and Resources
The SOAR Institute is a comprehensive approach to working with academically under-prepared students. The key components of SOAR are instruction, tutoring, and advising. Shelton State offers free tutoring through the SOAR Institute. The tutoring program is available to all students at SSCC, not just those in developmental classes. For more information, call 205.391.3982.
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 the professions, as entrepreneurs, and in the public and private sectors.