Whitesburg KY

Area colleges ranked among top 10

Two colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System have been ranked nationally among the top 10 of the nation’s community colleges.

The Washington Monthly lists Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) as fifth in the nation and Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC) as eighth.

The rankings were based on data in different categories of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement www.ccsse.org/, (worth a total of 85 percent) and graduation rates (15 percent).

The Washington Monthly rankings were compiled by Kevin Carey, research and policy manager at Education Sector, a Wash- ington-based think tank that has criticized most rankings for emphasizing factors that correlate with wealth instead of learning.

The top 10 community colleges according to The Washington Monthly are: 1. Atlanta Technical College, 2. Cascadia Community College (Washington State), 3. Southern University at Shreveport (Louisiana), 4. Southwestern Community College (North Carolina), 5. Hazard Community and Technical College (Kentucky), 6. North Florida Community College, 7. Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, 8. Southeast Kentucky Technical and Community College, 9. Zane State College (Ohio), 10. Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (Georgia).

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