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Spotlight on: Two-year HBCUs


One of the best things about HBCUs is their diversity- there's no one-size fits all package and of the 100+ colleges, none are alike.  Theology schools, professional schools (law, pharmacy and medical) exist along with traditional four-year colleges, though some are liberal arts colleges and others are large universities.  Additionally, there are two-year HBCUs- those that offer associate's degrees and certificate programs.  For students who desire an HBCU experience but are not interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree, those who need a more affordable academic option or those who need to develop stronger academic skills before transferring to a four-year college, one of these colleges might be the right fit.  Two-year HBCUs are located in Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina and DC.  There are also a few colleges (including Arkansas Baptist College, Lincoln University (Missouri), Selma University, Simmons College of Kentucky and the University of the Virgin Islands) that offer both bachelor's degrees and several associate's degrees.


Bishop State Community College
(Mobile, Alabama)

What started as a branch of Alabama State is now its own  junior college with 4 campuses.   Bishop State offers certificate programs and associate degrees  in  over a dozen areas including welding and  air conditioning  & refrigeration technology.  Students can participate in basketball, baseball or softball and a wide variety of activities including choir, band, student government and the Africana club.  There is no on-campus housing available.  

Clinton College
(Rock Hill, South Carolina)

Affiliated with the AME Church Zion and more than 120 years old, Clinton College offers degree programs designed to prepare students to transfer to a four-year college.  Offerings include religious studies, liberal arts and early childhood development.  Two bachelor's degree programs are also offered (Religious Studies and  Business Administration).  Mens' and Womens' basketball teams are available as well as several campus activities.  There is also a football team comprised of students from area colleges.  On campus housing is available.  


Coahoma Community College
(Clarksdale, Mississippi)

CCC started as a high school in 1924, a junior college course was added in 1949.  Academic options include technical programs like Collision Repair Technology and culinary arts as well as health science programs (nursing, EMT). An Honors College is offered for high achieving students. The Tigers compete in 6 sports, including track & field and football.  Students can choose from dozens of organizations to join including band, Ambassadors and the Baptist Student Union.  The college choir is well-known and has performed across the country.  On campus housing is available.  

University of the District of Columbia Community College
(Washington, DC)

Opened as a branch of the University of the District of Columbia in 2009, UDC-CC offers associate's degrees and certificate programs.  Academic programs include fashion merchandising, graphic design, mortuary science and aviation maintenance technology.  Courses are offered in several locations across the city.  It was recognized by Washington Montly as one of the top two-year colleges in the nation for adult learners.  There is no on-campus housing available.  

Denmark Technical College 
(Denmark, South Carolina)

Denmark Tech was founded as a trade school and  continues to offer a large number of certificate and diploma programs. Associate's degree programs are also offered.  Among the many courses of study are gerontology, plumbing, cybersecurity, cosmetology and criminal justice technology. Online courses are also available.  Students can elect to live in on-campus housing. Basketball, clubs and organizations are available so that students can become more involved with the total educational experience. On-campus housing is available.          

Hinds Community College- Utica Campus
(Utica, Mississippi)

Hinds Community College is one of the top community colleges in the nation for graduating African-Americans with associate's degrees, especially in construction, legal studies andhealth science fields like nursing and dental assisting.  It has been recognized as a military friencly college. In addition to academic offerings there are numerous ways for students to get involved including an honor society, sports teams, an historic choir and a wellness center.  It is a June 2018 Tom Joyner Foundation School of the Month.  On-campus housing is available. 

Shorter College
(North Little Rock, Arkansas)

Shorter is a private two-year college established by the AME Church. It is  one of the fastest growing colleges in Central Arkansas.  Associate's degrees are offered in  General Studies, Childhood Development, Church Leadership and Ministry, Criminal Justice and Entrepreneurial Studies. Attending chapel services is required. Students can get involved in many activities including student government, Future Business Leaders of America and the National Association of Black Men United.  While there is no on campus housing available, there is a dining service that provides food that is made from scratch.          

Southern University Shreveport
(Shreveport, Louisiana)

SUSLA is part of the Southern University System. Academic programs include both associate's degrees and certificate programs.  There are also eight academic programs that offer guaranteed transfer for students to a Louisiana 4-year public university.  Associate's degree programs include business, chemistry and fine arts.  Career certificate programs include phlebotomy, child development and computer information science.  Students can get involved in dozens of activitivies like Hospitality Club, NAACP, athletics including cheerleading, academic clubs (like Radiologic Technology and Engineering) and Afro-American Society.  On-campus housing is available.  

Southwestern Christian College
(Terrell, Texas)

A small, private, Christian college, Southwestern offers students a variety of opportunities to excel and be involved.  Academics focus on Associate's degrees in Arts and Sciences and a Bachelor's degree program in Religious Studies.  Students can participate in intercollegiate sports (basketball, track, volleyball) and an a capella choir.  On-campus housing is available.  

St. Philip's College
(San Antonio, Texas)

The only college in the US to be both an HBCU and an Hispanic Serving Institution, St. Philip's began as a weekend sewing class for girls.  It is now one of the nation's top producers of minorities with associate's degrees in Mechanics and boasts the highest passing rate in Texas for the  Licensed Vocational Nurses exam.  St. Philips offers associate's degrees, professional certificates and online classes.  St. Philip's is a military-friendly college and receives high marks as one of the most affordable HBCUs.  On-campus housing is not available, but nearby residential complexes have partnerships with the college. 

Trenholm State Community College (Montgomery, Alabama)

Named forDr. Harper Councill Trenholm, a past president of Alabama State University, Trenholm offers more than 25 academic programs including online courses. Associate's degrees and certificates can be earned in areas as diverse as therpeutic massage, automotive techology and general studies.  Courses transfer to 4-year colleges throughout Alabama. Trenholm offers student activities like student government, honor societies and community service  events. On-campus housing is not available. 


Other two-year colleges (** Indicates housing IS available):

Alabama: **Gadsden State Community College (Gadsden), J. F. Drake State Technical College (Huntsville), **Lawson State Community College (Birmingham), Shelton State Community College (Tuscaloosa), 



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