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Bishop State Community College

School Summary
351 North Broad Street
Mobile, AL 36603
(251) 405-7000
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Two but less than 4 years certificate
Campus Setting:
City: Midsize
Campus Housing:

About Bishop State Community College

Bishop State Community College is located in Mobile, Alabama. The city of Mobile is considered one of the Gulf Coast's cultural centers, housing several art museums, a symphony orchestra, a professional opera, a professional ballet company, and a large concentration of historic architecture. The Mobile Museum of Art features European, Non-Western, American, and Decorative Arts collections. The Saenger Theatre of Mobile is the local performing arts center, home to the Mobile Symphony, Alabama Lyric Theatre, and Space 301, a contemporary art gallery. The Mobile Civic Center is the primary concert venue for the city and hosts a wide variety of events. The center also serves as home to both the Mobile Opera and the Mobile Ballet.

BSCC is a state-supported, open-admission, urban community college accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is part of the Alabama College System, the state-supported network of two-year community, junior, and technical colleges that serves the residents of Alabama. Founded in the summer of 1927, the college was originally a branch of Alabama State College in Montgomery, offering extension courses for in-service teachers during the summer months. It was not until September 1936 that it was established as a two-year college in its own right. Today BSCC has four campus locations within city limits, offers classes at five off-campus sites, and provides online courses, making it the most convenient college option in Mobile.

BSCC's division of commercial and industrial technology offers a one-year short certificate program in tailoring and alterations. The program studies the techniques of hand and machine commercial sewing including layout, use of patterns, cutting, assembly and sewing of fabrics into complete garments as well as alterations of existing garments. Course requirements include an introduction to apparel trade, apparel industry tools and machinery, basic and advanced tailoring and alterations, special topics in commercial sewing, basic serger construction, pattern adjustments and fittings, pattern drafting, and special projects in commercial sewing, a course designed to allow students to study a particular topic in depth with an emphasis on the subject area of student interest, including but not limited to apparel design.

The division of consumer and transportation technology at BSCC offers a one-year short certificate program in jewelry design. The program was developed to teach students to design and manufacture jewelry items and to perform jewelry repairs. The program combines classroom instruction and hands-on laboratory applications to teach students to design, restore, and refinish jewelry. Coursework includes an introduction to watches and jewelry, jewelry manufacturing, jewelry repair, costume jewelry design, lost wax casting, wax carving, and several specific stone setting courses. Additional courses in watches and repair including collectibles and valuations are available as electives within the program.

The consumer and transportation technology division also offers a two-year AAS degree program in graphic communications technology. The program includes a strong foundation in computer graphic design and knowledge of prepress and press operations. In addition to the technical courses required, the program includes general education requirements such as English composition and math applications. Technical course requirements include an introduction to computers, graphics applications, page design, illustration graphics, lithography, page layout, portfolio preparation, multimedia presentation, Web graphics, applied graphic arts, and graphic trends. A graphic communications practicum or cooperative course is also available, allowing students to obtain real work experience in the graphic arts industry. Students in this field may also choose the available certificate program, which may be completed in less than two years. The certificate requires fewer hours of general education coursework, and also eliminates the portfolio preparation course within the technical education requirements. All other technical coursework is the same for both the degree and the certificate.

BSCC offers several types of scholarships to new students. The Scholarship Committee awards scholarships for performance in academics, leadership, and performing arts. Detailed information and applications may be obtained through the Office of Financial Aid. Institutional scholarships are awarded to students in many categories including art, creative writing, drama, and leadership. These awards require an audition, interview, or portfolio evaluation for consideration. Endowed and other miscellaneous scholarships are awarded to students selected by companies, organizations, and private donors. These awards vary in amount and criteria.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,