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Saban Center Forges Strategic Partnership with Shelton State Community College

Saban Center Forges Strategic Partnership with Shelton State Community College

The Saban Center, a state-of-the-art education campus seamlessly blending STEM and the arts, has proudly announced a vital partnership with Shelton State Community College (SSCC) to enhance and promote STEM and arts education across Alabama.

This pivotal alliance with SSCC perfectly aligns with the Saban Center’s vision of creating an engaging environment merging excitement, discovery and education for people of all ages. SSCC will collaborate with the Saban Center to develop innovative programming and enrichment initiatives for all campus patrons. This partnership aims to drive progress in West Alabama communities and ensure widespread awareness of the abundant opportunities available at Shelton State, both locally in Tuscaloosa and across the state.

Dr. Jonathan Koh, SSCC President, highlighted the synergy between the two organizations, stating, “We are thrilled to have an opportunity to impact lives in our community beginning at a young age. The collaboration and partnerships within our community these days are very strong, and projects such as this allow us to build on that strong foundation in a way that maximizes our impact on those who live, work and play in Tuscaloosa and the surrounding communities.”     

SSCC will play a significant role in the Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre and Ignite – the revitalized Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa. Designated as The Community College of the Fine Arts by the Alabama Legislature, SSCC’s longstanding partnership with Theatre Tuscaloosa offers additional opportunities for children’s theater actors and camps, alongside college and career pathways in the theatrical arts.

Furthermore, SSCC’s prominence as the premier training entity for West Alabama’s industrial sectors – automotive, manufacturing, construction, health care and more – positions it uniquely to create relevant programming for exhibits related to STEM and career technologies. This includes robotics, computer programming and networking, electronics, welding, truck driving, health care, child care, and numerous other subjects pertinent to the West Alabama region.

Audrey Buck, director of the Saban Center, expressed her enthusiasm for the partnership, saying, “It is an honor to collaborate with Shelton State Community College and align our mission with their extensive expertise and resources. Their commitment to education is vital in shaping the future of STEM education in West Alabama and will greatly influence our approach to integrating the arts and sciences.”

SSCC is committed to supporting individuals at their current stage and empowering them with the resources needed to thrive on their journey. By embracing a wide range of students and opportunities, SSCC incorporates various aspects of each person’s background to create a tailored and unique educational experience that aligns with their aspirations.
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The Saban Center is a first-of-its-kind STEM campus where education, experience and innovation meet. It will include our community partners, Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre and Ignite, formerly Children’s Hands-On Museum, plus public-private educational partnerships across Alabama. The Saban Center will be a hub for education training, arts participation and academic support for teachers and families alike.

Shelton State Community College, an accredited, two-year institution in the Alabama Community College System, offers over 30 associate degrees in technical and health services programs. Shelton State, located in Tuscaloosa, is one of six historically Black community colleges in Alabama and one of only 12 in the nation. For nearly 70 years, the college has educated students in West Alabama and is an institution where academic skills transfer to workplace skills through progressive partnerships with local industry. SSCC is a member of the Alabama Community College Conference and competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) at the Division I level. The institution holds 29 NJCAA Region XXII Division I titles in men’s and women’s basketball and baseball, 13 National Championships in competitive cheerleading, and seven recognitions as an Academic Team of the Year for softball. For more information about Shelton State, visit