Shelton State Community College is part of a state system of public colleges, established by the Alabama College System Department of Postsecondary Education in 1979. The school was a combination of the existing Shelton State Technical College and the Tuscaloosa branch campus of Brewer State Junior College. The school later consolidated also with C.A. Fredd State Technical College. In recognition of its contributions to and potential in the music, dance, and theater, the Alabama Legislature designated SSCC as the Alabama Junior College of the Fine Arts.