The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) has announced that it has added six Historically Black Community Colleges in Alabama to its membership. The decision reflects the organization’s belief that its diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts should recognize alternative pathways to degree attainment and skill development. In the past, TMCF represented only four-year, state-operated educational institutions.
“Adding community colleges to our membership is part of an intentional move toward a more inclusive talent strategy. A four-year degree is one path but not the only path to career success,” said Harry L Williams, president of the TMCF.
The new members are:
- Bishop State Community College in Mobile
- Drake State Community & Technical College in Huntsville
- Gadsden State Community College in Gadsden
- Lawson State Community College in Birmingham
- Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa
- Trenholm State Community College in Montgomery
“This milestone reflects our commitment to excellence in education and signifies our dedication to the advancement and empowerment of Historically Black Community Colleges across the state,” said Patricia Sims, president of Drake State Community & Technical College. “This partnership solidifies our position as a leading two-year HBCC institution, and we look forward to collaborating with Thurgood Marshall College Fund and its esteemed partners to cultivate the next generation of talented leaders and innovators. Together, we will continue to impact our community, the nation, and the world.”