Community College Transfer LLC specializes in working with colleges and universities to help them improve and execute successful transfer strategy. Dr. Shelley Fortin, nationally respected leader and education expert, serves as company CEO. Her professional career spans over twenty years and she continues to contribute to the field, assisting educational institutions in improving their processes to support student success, completion and transfer.
Her experience includes senior roles in Presidents’ Executive Cabinets at three different institutions and developing successful plans that catalyzed institutional enrollment growth and student success. Dr. Fortin began her higher education career as a counselor supporting low income and first generation college students, an experience that is foundational to her focus on education’s power to lift individuals toward their human potential. Moving from the front line and progressing to top levels of college administration has provided insight and understanding of the interaction of academic and student services, as well as fiscal and political considerations of the administration of college business.
Prior to her work with Community College Transfer, LLC, Dr. Fortin served as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Services at Florence-Darlington Technical College from 2007 – 2015. During her tenure, the college saw exceptional growth. Between fall ’07 and fall ’14, college enrollment grew by over 50%, nearly triple the average growth within the 16 college South Carolina Technical College System during the same time period. Florence-Darlington Technical College was recognized by Community College Week Magazine in 2010 and 2012 as one of the 50 fastest growing community colleges in the nation among institutions with 5000-9000 students.
Prior to arriving at Florence-Darlington Technical College, Dr. Fortin served for six years in executive roles at one of the nation’s largest community college systems, Pima College in Tucson, Arizona, which enrolls more than 44,000 students annually. She also worked for more than a decade at Bristol and Holyoke Community Colleges in Massachusetts. This tri-state experience contributes to a strong understanding of the impacts of culture, funding structure and other regional aspects that affect college institutions.
Dr. Fortin earned a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts- Boston in 2007. In 2013, she was selected by the US Department of State to receive a Fulbright Scholarship. Through this experience, she traveled to England and Scotland for a three week intensive training program, visiting eleven UK universities to share best practices and gain international education insights. Dr. Fortin is an accomplished public speaker who is regularly invited to share her expertise at national and regional conferences on a wide variety of topics that include