Explore HBCU – Shelton State Community College

Staff Writer
May 5, 2022

Shelton State Community College is a public historically black community college in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


Shelton State Community College was established in 1979 as a result of an Alabama State Board of Education resolution, which resulted in the combination of two previously existing historically black institutions: Shelton State Community College and C.A. Fredd State Technical College (created in 1963 as the Tuscaloosa State Trade School originally).

After Shelton State Community College and the Tuscaloosa State Trade School consolidated into the Martin and C.A. Fredd campuses, respectively, the institution retained the name Shelton State Community College as its overarching moniker. The institution is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science degrees. The school also holds program accreditations in Practical Nursing Programs, Health Information Technology Program, and Respiratory Therapy Program.

Presently, Shelton State Community College is an open-admission, comprehensive community college whose main mission is to provide accessible postsecondary education and training to its students.

Programs & Opportunities

In all, Shelton State Community College has nearly 100 degrees, certificates, and technical training programs spanning across departments of Behavioral Sciences, Business/Computer Science, Fine Arts, Health, Wellness, Food & Nutrition, Humanities & Communication Arts, Language, Liberal Arts — General Studies, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), and much more.

In addition to Shelton State’s academic, health, and technical programming, there are also opportunities available in eLearning, High School Programming, Workforce Development, Adult Education, Community Education, Student Support Services, and corporate partnerships and apprenticeships with companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Nucor, and BFGoodrich Tires.

Learn more about Shelton State Community College’s educational curricula here

Alumni Affairs

  • Tarrance L. Crump Jr.—Director of Player Development at DePaul University—attended Shelton State Community College, obtaining an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree.
  • Elaine Bivens—Birmingham-based dancer and choreographer, as well as a past health advisor at Pack Health—attended Shelton State Community College where Bivens studied Nursing.
  • Shantal Ochilly—Food Service Assistant at the DCH Regional Center, as well as a student at the University of Alabama studying Food and Nutrition—obtained an Associate in General Studies in Science degree followed by a Certificate in Wellness with a Health and Physical Education/Fitness focus at Shelton State Community College.

Financial Information

Shelton State works to make higher education accessible for everyone with a sticker price that is a fraction of the cost of traditional four-year colleges, universities, or for-profit vocational schools. 

For Alabama residents, in-state tuition and fees are $138.00 per credit hour, while non-residents pay $247.00 per credit hour. While Shelton State Community College does not participate in any federal or private loan program, more than half of Shelton State students receive financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, federal work-study, and other sources. Shelton State offers both instructional and athletic scholarships to qualified students.


Shelton State prioritizes creating an educational environment best suited to its students, preparing scholars for a real-world future with learning situated in a real-life context. Shelton utilizes on-campus leadership opportunities, progressive partnerships with local industry, and innovative instruction, all the while empowering students through commitment to excellence.

Learn more about Shelton State Community College here.