Shelton, Stillman team up for student success

Stillman Shelton Agreement

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller

Two area institutions of higher education, Stillman College and Shelton State Community College, are working together to ensure students can get the best education possible.

On Tuesday, representatives from both colleges signed an agreement allowing Shelton State students to transfer to Stillman, while focusing on improving teacher education and providing educational opportunities.

Stillman College Executive Vice President Derrick C. Gilmore said the agreement will “strengthen the pipeline to teacher certification”, as more than 3,000 teachers have retired statewide in 2020.

“By preparing students at Shelton for the requirements for teacher education and Stillman, while also engaging them and prompting an interest in this career pathway, we’re driving to both immediate and future needs in the state of Alabama,” said Gilmore in a statement. “We’re also addressing the critical lack of Black male teachers in K-12 schools.”

This agreement is also put in place to improve and strengthen the pipeline for Black men, specifically to encourage those who wish to become teachers at all levels of education.

According to Edutopia, around 7% of teachers in the U.S. are Black, while and only 2% are Black men.

“This agreement puts Stillman in a unique profile within the sphere of HBCUs, with both a two-year and four-year institution looking to address this issue,” Gilmore said.

Although the advising process for these transfers under the agreement will be major-specific, they will have the option to change majors later on because it’s not major-binding.

“A student will come to Shelton knowing, ‘I’m going to land at Stillman. I know where I’m going, and I know why I’m here,’ ” said Brad Newman, president of Shelton State Community College.”

Shelton State students who want to transfer to Stillman must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a letter grade of “C” or above in all transfer courses.

The application fee will be waived for students applying, and Stillman guarantees admissions with up to 64 transferable credits.

“Shelton is making sure our that all of our capacity is leveraged toward being a good supplier to Stillman, creating a strong team and getting the results that are needed for this region,” said Newman. “We’re honored to be a part of this agreement.”

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