Whitesburg KY

HCTC ranked in top 120

Hazard Community and Technical College has been ranked in the nation’s top 120 community college by the Washington, D.C.-based non-profit Aspen Institute.

HCTC President Dr. Steve Greiner said student success is a top priority at HCTC. “We work with students so they have a plan toward graduation. Besides helping students succeed, HCTC is seeing increases enrollment — in fact, some classes for summer and fall are already full,” noted Dr. Greiner.

Seven other schools in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System were also named to the top 120 list: Ashland Community and Technical College, Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, Madisonville Community College, Maysville Community and Technical College, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, Big Sandy Community and Technical College, and Somerset Community College.

To pick the winners, judges analyzed Department of Education data on the percentage of students who graduate with an associate’s degree or successfully transfer from their community colleges into four-year institutions. They also assessed the proportion of low- income and minority students who complete each program, and if completion rates improved over time at the particular schools.

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