WMCC Among Top 10 Community Colleges


WMCC ranked #5 in national survey

Good things are happening at White Mountains Community College!

Community colleges serve nearly half of all U.S. undergraduate students and play a crucial role in both workforce development and as a springboard to a four-year education. But few are recognized for just how far they go to serve students.  This past summer, using data from the National Center for Education Statistics, Bankrate, Inc. ranked more than 900 public two-year institutions to determine the best and brightest schools. The rankings were based on six criteria: graduation rate; student retention rate; the student-faculty ratio; the school's in-state tuition and fees; the percentage of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid; and the average amount of grant aid they received from federal, state and private sources combined. The data cover full-time freshman students who entered college in fall 2008.

According to Bankrate, Inc., the survey did not include private institutions, schools that did not report information on all six criteria to the National Center for Education Statistics or schools with fewer than 100 full-time students.

White Mountains Community College was ranked # 5.  Below is what Bankrate, Inc. had to say about WMCC:

“As tuition prices skyrocket across the nation, community colleges in New Hampshire have frozen tuition for the fourth time since 2006. About 9 out of every 10 first-time full-time undergrads at White Mountains Community College in Berlin, N.H., receive financial aid, and once tuition is paid, students get access to a wide range of programs that aren't available at many other two-year institutions.

The school's environmental science program is one of seven research partners alongside schools such as Dartmouth and the University of New Hampshire that participate in the state's National Science Foundation-funded Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR.

"Our students are out in the field doing the work and then sending the data back to the University of New Hampshire for data input," says White Mountains President Katharine Eneguess.

The school also offers an innovative program that allows future teachers to start their studies in high school, transition to White Mountains for an associate degree in teaching, then complete work for a four-year degree by taking courses under Plymouth State University instructors on White Mountains' campus. White Mountains has also added a cybersecurity and health care IT certificate program.”

According to President Eneguess, this latest recognition speaks to the dedication, hard work and team effort put forth by the faculty and staff at WMCC.  “Everyone at the college has a role to play in engaging students, and working with them to see that all of their needs are met.  It is indeed an honor for the college community to be recognized in this manner.”

The other top 10 community colleges on Bankrate’s list are:

(10) Colby Community College, Kansas;  (9) Maryland Community College, North Carolina; (8) Charlotte Technical Center, Florida; (7) North Central Kansas Technical College, Kansas; (6) Linn State Technical College, Missouri; (5) White Mountains Community College, New Hampshire; (4) Flint Hills Technical College, Kansas; (3) Altamaha Technical College, Georgia; (2) Erwin Technical Center, Florida; and (1) East San Gabriel Regional Occupational Program, California.

The entire article on the Top 10 Community Colleges can be viewed at http://finance.yahoo.com/news/top-10-community-colleges-191037799.html

Bankrate, Inc. is an independent, advertising-supported comparison service.  The company specializes in financial news and rate information.