Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

06/15/2011 -- CCAC ranks first nationally for nursing graduates

PRESS RELEASE
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PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) graduates the largest number of registered nurses among the nation’s two-year institutions, according to a report by Community College Week. CCAC also awards the second-largest number of associate’s degrees in health careers.

In the annual rankings, CCAC is first among two-year institutions awarding associate’s degrees in the category of Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. CCAC presented degrees to 412 nursing graduates in the 2009–2010 academic year, the period included in the current study. In the current rankings, nursing has been split into two categories; CCAC ranked second among two-year institutions in the combined category last year. CCAC remains the only Pennsylvania institution in 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 Programs, the same position as last year. In 2009–2010, the college awarded 633 degrees in the category. Again, the college is the only Pennsylvania institution in the top 10.

“CCAC is proud to lead the nation’s community colleges in providing qualified nurses and health professionals to this critical sector of our workforce. We are also proud that 95 percent of our career program graduates remain in our region to contribute to our community,” said CCAC President Alex Johnson. “But more important than size is quality. We are honored to be the first choice of 79 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 69th in the number of associate’s degrees awarded by all institutions in 2009–2010, with 1,683 graduates. CCAC annually enrolls about 33,000 credit students who choose among certificates and associate’s degrees in 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.

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About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates 33,000 credit students through 170 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers non-credit and workforce development courses to 30,000 students. The learning-centered institution’s mission is 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. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond. Visit www.ccac.edu to learn more.