The mission of Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) is to provide career technical, academic, and lifelong educational opportunities using varied delivery systems; promotes economic growth; and enriches the quality of life for people of the Northwest Alabama region.

  • Institutional Goals 
  • Student Achievement – NWSCC identifies and evaluates goals and outcomes for student achievement using a variety of measures. Criteria for evaluating success include course success rates, retention rates, program completions, graduation rates, job placement rates for career technical students, and licensure passing rates for students in career technical programs that require licensure.

NWSCC Strategic Plan

Through the 2019-2024 Strategic Plan and the strategic planning process, NWSCC has aligned its mission, core values, goals, objectives and actions. 

2019-2024 Strategic Plan  


Northwest Shoals Community College Factbook

DAX Student File Summary

Academic Year

Fact Sheets

Instructional Program Review Schedule

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes


Northwest Shoals Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, and Associate in Occupational Technology degrees as well as certificates in specific occupational areas. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Northwest Shoals Community College.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Address:
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097
Phone: 1.404.679.4500

Other NWSCC program accreditations

Nondiscrimination Policy

It is the official policy of the Alabama Community College System and Northwest Shoals Community College that no person in Alabama shall on the grounds of race, color, disability, sex, religion, creed, national origin, or age, be excluded from participation, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, activity, or employment. The College complies with nondiscriminatory regulations under Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX Education Amendment of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to participate in college activities. The College is committed to a Drug Free learning and work environment through education, intervention, and enforcement.

Contact NWSCC Institutional Effectiveness and Research Office

John McIntosh
Dean of Workforce Development, Institutional Effectiveness, and Advancement

Angie Stone
Director of Institutional Research/Administrative Systems Analyst