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Snead State Community College has a rich tradition of excellence in education. Snead State is the oldest College in the Alabama Community College System to award Associate degrees.

The school originated in 1898, when the Boaz Seminary was authorized by the Methodist Episcopal Church. The E.B.L. Elder family arrived in Boaz in June of 1899 and opened the seminary in their home in July of that year with an enrollment of 70 pupils.

The Boaz Seminary grew rapidly, and in 1906 its name was changed to John H. Snead Seminary in honor of Mr. Snead, a Boaz businessman and friend of education, who contributed land, money, and leadership to the Seminary. (The land, known as Snead farm, was located at what is presently the Plunkett Baseball Field, along College Street in Boaz.) John H. Snead Seminary remained one of Alabama’s strong secondary schools for almost a fourth of a century and graduated more than 1,200 young men and women.

In the fall of 1935, Snead Junior College was duly chartered by the State of Alabama and began operation as a junior college under the supervision of the North Alabama Conference of the Methodist Church. Snead Junior College was accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1941.

In 1967, the College became part of the Alabama two-year college system under the control of the Alabama State Board of Education. The name was changed to Snead State Junior College.

In May 1992, the State Board of Education authorized Snead State Junior College to become Snead State Community College.

In 2015, the College’s state governing system changed to the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees. Snead has had 13 presidents since it was founded in 1898, but one president, Dr. Virgil McCain, held the office during two separate tenures.

The College has an average enrollment of 2,300 students. The main campus in Boaz consists of approximately 45 acres of land and 19 buildings. It’s location is unique in that it’s the largest arable plateau (agricultural land) in the world, it’s the end of the Appalachian Mountian Chain, and it’s in a rural location but situated halfway between two major cities – Huntsville and Birmingham.

The College also has instructional sites located in Arab and at the Southern Museum of Flight in Birmingham and the Aviation College located in Albertville.