Northwest Shoals Community College

Northwest Shoals Community College

Infobox University
name = Northwest Shoals Community College
native_name = NWSCC

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established = 1993 by merger
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type = Community College - Two Year College
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calendar = semester
endowment = * [ National Sciene Foundation Dream Catchers] * [ National Science Foundation SATS Project]
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president = Humphrey Lee, Ed.D.
vice-president = Karen Newton Berryhill, Ph.D.
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students = 5,300
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city = Muscle Shoals, Phil Campbell
state = Alabama
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country = United States
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campus = convert|110|acre|km2|1 in Muscle Shoals and convert|100|acre|km2|1 in Phil Campbell
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mascot = Patriots
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affiliations = Region XXII, NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association)
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footnotes = NWSCC is a member of [ The Alabama College System]

Northwest Shoals Community College is a two-year public institution of higher education with two campuses. One campus is located in Phil Campbell, Alabama and the second campus is located in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. It is intended to serve Colbert County, Franklin County, Lauderdale County, Lawrence County, and portions of Winston County The school currently boasts an enrollment of more than 5,300 students. cite web|url=|title= Northwest Shoals Community College|accessdate= 2007-06-21]

Programs / Certifications

The school awards Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, and Associate in Occupational Technology degrees as well as certificates in occupationally specific areas. Associate degrees are designated university parallel programs and are easily transferred to a four-year college or university such as the University of North Alabama to complete a bachelor's degree. Certificate programs, in contrast to the Associate's degree, can last from one semester to two years and certify completion of specific technical or occupational training programs. Some of these programs do not require a high school degree. NW-SCC also offers a two-year General Education transfer degree through Distance Education ( The school is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Mission Statement

Northwest-Shoals Community College provides vocational, technical, academic, and lifelong educational opportunities; promotes economic growth; and enhances the quality of life for the people of northwest Alabama. cite web|url=|title= Prospective Students|accessdate= 2007-06-21]


Northwest Shoals Community College offers certain athletic programs including baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, softball, tennis, and volleyball. The school mascot is the Patriots.


The school was formed from a 1993 merger of Northwest Alabama Community College in Phil Campbell and Shoals Community College in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Northwest Alabama Community College was the state's first junior college, formed in 1963 and first accredited in 1967. Shoals Community College was founded in 1966 as Joe Wheeler State Trade School. Joe Wheeler State Trade School changed its name to Muscle Shoals State Technical Institute and obtained accreditation from the Commission on Occupational Education Institutions in 1973.

In 1977 Northwest Alabama State Junior College established a branch campus in Tuscumbia, Alabama. The purpose of the expansion was to provide first and second year college courses for college preparation.

In 1989 Northwest Alabama State Junior College in Phil Campbell merged with Northwest Alabama State Technical College in Hamilton, Alabama. At the same time the Tuscumbia branch of Northwest Alabama State Junior College was merged into Muscle Shoals State Technical College to form Shoals Community College. The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools granted accreditation to Northwest Alabama Community College in 1990 and to Shoals Community College in 1991.

Finally, in 1993 the Alabama State Board of Education merged Northwest Alabama Community College and Shoals Community College to form Northwest Shoals Community College. The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools approved the merger in 1993 and renewed the school's accreditation in 1999.

Northwest Shoals Community College is part of the Alabama College System, a statewide system of postsecondary colleges, governed by the Alabama Board of Education. The school derives its original charter from the Alabama Trade School and Junior College Authority Act of 1963.

2006-2007 Mr. and Ms. Northwest-Shoals

"Dakota Nichols" - Mr. NW-SCC, Phil Campbell Campus

"Christy Mitchell" - Ms. NW-SCC, Phil Campbell Campus


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