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TCC Makes National "Top 50" List

TCC Makes National

Thursday, August 29, 2013 – The magazine “Washington Monthly” places Tacoma Community College among the top 50 community colleges in the nation and the top 5 in the state. According to the publication, TCC ranks 46th in the nation and 4th in the state of Washington. Five Washington colleges made the “Top 50” list. 

The publication rejects traditional college-ranking criteria. According to the college ranking issue’s introduction:

“Instead of lauding colleges for closing their doors to all but an elite few, we give high marks to institutions that enroll low-income students, help them graduate, and don’t charge them an arm and a leg to attend.”

Tacoma Community College earned recognition earlier this year as one of the nation’s top 100 certificate producers for 2013. The June 24, 2013 issue of Community College Week reports that TCC ranks 82nd in the nation for certificate attainment by African Americans.

The college awards Associate Degrees and Program Certificates. A student may earn certificates along with degrees, and many career training programs are structured so that students earn certificates that will help them obtain employment in a chosen field as they work toward degree attainment. TCC awarded 800 Program Certificates and 1200 Associate Degrees at the 2013 Commencement.

TCC was named a “Leader College” by the national Achieving the Dream program, in recognition of the college’s use of evidence-based strategies to improve student success and close the achievement gap. Initiatives to boost completion include the Men of Distinction program, an intensive summer academy that supports men of color as they work together to promote personal and academic success.  

2011 study conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (EMSI) found that for every dollar invested in a student’s community college education, $1.70 is returned to the state’s tax base. Students, on average, see a 20.8 percent return on investment in their community college education. It’s also an affordable option for students. Community college costs about one-third as much as a year at one of the state’s research universities, so students who complete the first two years of a transfer degree at a community college take on less student loan debt.

For additional information, please contact:
Rachel Payne
Communications Consultant
Phone: 253.460.4381
Email: rpayne@tacomacc.edu

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