Alabama Southern Community College
Formed in 1991 after the merger of Patrick Henry Junior College and Hobston State Technical College, the Alabama Southern Community College operates in four commuter campuses across southwest Alabama. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Two full service campuses are located in Monroeville and Thomasville, while learning centers are located in Gilbertown and Jackson.
Programs of study at Alabama Southern Community College are varied and balanced. There are 13 programs for Associate in Arts degrees, and 17 programs for Associate in Science degrees, and these can be transferred to four-year majors at four-year universities and colleges. The option of taking the first two years of a four-year major at Alabama Southern Community College allows students to complete their college education at a more affordable price.
Aside from the Associate Degree programs offered at Alabama Southern Community College, there are also occupational programs in various industries that adequately prepare students for careers in the business and industry sectors.
Degree and certificate programs are offered in Paper and Chemical Technology, Machine Technology, Electrical Technology and Industrial Maintenance, and others. Meanwhile, Business Technology degrees (both Associate and Certificate programs) are offered in Office Technology, Computer Applications, Word Processing, Entrepreneurism, Computerized Accounting, and other areas.
Also offered at Alabama Southern Community College are programs for Construction Electricity, Cosmetology, Engineering Technology, Machine Technology, and Nursing.
Various Student Development programs and support services are provided at the college to make the experience more fun and rewarding for every student. In particular, tutoring services are available for students who are seeking additional academic support aside from the classroom instruction.
Alabama Southern Community College Library Services offers a wealth of educational resources and services for the benefit of students enrolled in on-campus, distance, and dual enrollment programs. Services include DVDs for check-out, a wide range of academic reading titles, research assistance, career resources, WiFi access, online tutorials and resources, photocopying services, computers, extensive databases, and more.
Various student clubs and organizations also operate on campus, and students are encouraged to participate in groups that can enhance their skills and talents, as well as develop their interpersonal relationships. Student groups at Alabama Southern Community College include Art Scholars, Campus Ministries, Ethnic Student Society, National Association Student Nurses, Phi Beta Lambda, Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry, and other groups.
Continuing education classes and courses are offered at Alabama Southern and open to the general public. Instruction is offered in a wide range of areas, including Basic Computer Applications, American Sign Language for Beginners, Cake Decorating, Photography, Conversational Mandarin Chinese or Spanish, Painting, and other programs.
For students who are specifically looking to transfer their credits from Alabama Southern to other four-year institutions, the Statewide Transfer and Articulation Reporting System (STARS) can be utilized. This computerized transfer planning system gives valuable information on degree requirements, course equivalents, and links to various two-year and four-year institutions in the state of Alabama. This system makes the planning and eventual completion of a four-year degree even more convenient for Alabama Southern students.