06/27/2013 -- CCAC continues strong national rankings for health care program graduates

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

In the annual rankings, CCAC is second among two-year institutions awarding associate’s degrees in the category of Nursing: Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. CCAC presented degrees to 423 nursing graduates in the 2011–2012 academic year, the period included in the current study.

Community College Week also ranks CCAC seventh among two-year institutions in the number of degrees awarded in the Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences. In 2011–2012, the college awarded 635 degrees in the category.

“CCAC is proud of our continued strong national standing in our health care programs. More importantly, we are proud that these graduates receive a world-class, affordable education and go on to productive careers in our region,” said CCAC President Alex Johnson.

In both health care categories, the number of CCAC graduates grew by approximately 2%, although the college dropped slightly in the rankings. In the 2012 rankings, CCAC was first nationally in the nursing category and third in health professions.

CCAC has also continued its top-50 national ranking in the two categories of Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services as well as Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences.

With 1,982 graduates overall, CCAC is 41st in the number of associate’s degrees awarded by all institutions in 2011–2012, up from 69th the previous year. CCAC annually enrolls 32,000 credit students who choose among diplomas, certificates and associate’s degrees in 155 programs.

The annual Community College Week rankings of associate’s degree and certificate producers may be found at the publication’s website, www.ccweek.com.


About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates 32,000 credit students through 155 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers non-credit and workforce development courses to 29,000 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.

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