Southeast Community College in Nebraska ranks eighth in the country in a new CNN/Money Magazine survey, the first time two-year schools have been evaluated.
The survey includes factors like the success rate of students and the percentage of those who go on to four-year-colleges or get jobs.
SCC President Jack Huck says there are 1,250 community colleges nationwide, so the new ranking puts the school in select company.
Huck says, “We hope that when this kind of information gets out there and spreads among the general public, it just adds to our opportunity to be of service to the constituents of our district and we hope that’s what’ll happen.”
Southeast has campuses in Beatrice, Lincoln and Milford. The college has typically been ranked among the top schools in manufacturing occupations in other surveys, but Huck says this new list is expected to provide a lot of visibility in marketing SCC programs.
“Midwest community college education, Midwest values that we hold as Midwestern dwellers, the work ethic that we hold, there are just a whole lot of things that are right about Nebraska and about the Midwest,” he says. “This is just another indication that there’s a lot of people in the middle of the country who know how to do it right.”
Other Midwestern community colleges on the list include: North Central Kansas Technical School in Beloit at number-five, Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon at number-seven, Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, South Dakota, at number-11, and North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City ranked 14th.
The next-highest-ranked Nebraska community college was Mid Plains of North Platte at number 42.