PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) awards the second-largest number of both nursing and health professions associate’s degrees in the nation among two-year institutions, according to a report by Community College Week.
In the annual rankings, CCAC is second among two-year institutions in the number of nursing associate’s degrees awarded, an identical standing to last year’s rankings. CCAC presented degrees to 405 nursing graduates in the 2008–2009 academic year, the period included in the current study. That total reflects a 4 percent increase from 2007–2008. The college is the only Pennsylvania institution among the top 10.
Community College Week also ranks CCAC second among two-year institutions in the number of degrees awarded in the Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences. In 2008–2009, the college awarded 593 degrees in the category. Again, the college is the only Pennsylvania institution in the top 10. In the previous rankings, CCAC was ranked fourth among two-year institutions.
“CCAC is proud to be among the top institutions nationally providing qualified nurses and health professionals to this critical sector of our workforce. We are also proud that more than 92 percent of our career program graduates are working in this region,” said CCAC President Alex Johnson. “But more important than size is quality. We are honored to be the first choice of 73 percent of our freshman to help them toward their educational goals, whether they seek fast entry into the workforce or an affordable start toward further education.”
Additionally, CCAC is ranked in the top 50 institutions nationally in the two categories of Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services as well as Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Services.
Overall, CCAC is 58th in the number of associate’s degrees awarded by all institutions in 2008–2009, with 1,661 graduates. The college was ranked 49th in the previous listing. CCAC annually enrolls about 31,000 credit students who choose among certificates and associate’s degrees in nearly 170 programs.
The annual Community College Week rankings of associate’s degree and certificate producers may be found at the publication’s web site, www.ccweek.com.
The Community College of Allegheny County is the largest institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society.