Shelton State Community College (SSCC) and the United States Sports Academy (USSA) have signed a Transfer Articulation Agreement aimed at creating a pathway for SSCC students with an associate degree who wish to continue their education to earn a bachelor’s degree from USSA. A signing event was held Tuesday, January 30, on SSCC’s Martin Campus.

The new partnership will facilitate bachelor’s degree attainment for students transferring from SSCC to a bachelor’s degree program at USSA.

“Shelton State consistently works to secure transfer and job pathways for our students,” said Dr. Jonathan Koh, SSCC President. “This newest partnership with USSA gives our students an opportunity to explore exciting degrees and careers in sports, sports management, and other areas.”

According to the terms of the agreement, USSA will accept credits for students who have completed an associate degree at SSCC and are seeking a bachelor’s degree in any specialty. In addition, USSA has agreed to accept all full-time faculty or staff wanting to pursue a master’s degree or Doctor of Education Degree.

“We continue to seek out articulation agreements like this one where we know high-quality students are interested in sports degrees. Shelton State represents one of the top-quality products in our state where applying a transfer scholarship might assist worthy students with receiving an online degree in sports business or coaching,” said Dr. Steve Condon, USSA President.

SSCC students, faculty, or staff admitted to any of the USSA degree programs are eligible to receive the Academy’s Presidential Transfer Scholarship, covering up to 30% of tuition expenses.

This agreement is intended to serve SSCC students, faculty, and staff who are seeking to continue their education. Both institutions’ mutual primary objective is to best serve and support students and employees by offering opportunities for educational advancement and excellence.

“This articulation agreement demonstrates that Shelton State and USSA are committed to working together to offer high-quality educational opportunities that prepare students for careers in sports using modern technologies and traditional teaching pedagogical methods. We are excited to work with Shelton State on this important project,” added Dr. Fred Cromartie, USSA Vice President of Academic Affairs.

For more information about transfer options at Shelton State, visit For more information about the United States Sports Academy and its academic programs, visit

About the United States Sports Academy: 

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited sports university created to serve the nation and the world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports using modern technologies and traditional teaching methodologies.

About Shelton State Community College: 

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 (ACCC) 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