HFCC ranks in top 100 associate degree producers for 2013

DEARBORN — Henry Ford Community College earned national recognition this week as one of the top 100 associate’s degree producers in 2013, according to a June issue of the national publication Community College Week (www.ccweek.com).

HFCC earned distinction in three specific categories: a rank of 26th in the Top 50 Associate Degree Producers for Education; rank of 31st in the Top 50 Associate Degree Producers for Nursing—Registered, Administration, Research and Clinical; and 71st ranking in the Top 100 Producers of Associate’s Degrees for African Americans. Community College Week used data made available by the U.S. Department of Education for the 2013 rankings.

HFCC President Stan Jensen said the rankings are an important measuring stick for students when making decisions about which community college to attend.

“There are over 1,250 community colleges in the United States,” he said. “Our goal is to increasingly achieve rankings in the top 10 percent of all community colleges.”

He also said that the results “speak to the dedication and commitment of administration, faculty and staff to ensure student success. HFCC remains committed to helping students earn an exceptional education. The college will continue to enhance our educational programs to better serve students and our community in the future.”

Numerous studies indicate that community colleges cost less than four-year schools and represent an important an investment. For every $1 students invest in their community college education, they will receive $6 in higher future earnings over the course of their careers.

Analysis by Community College Week for the report also showed that the number of associate’s degrees conferred by community colleges from 2011-12 exceeded more than one million. This represented an 8 percent gain from the previous year.

With more than 100 programs of study, university transfer and career training opportunities available, HFCC prepares students for new positions in emerging industries.

To learn more about HFCC, go to www.hfcc.edu, or call 800-585-4322.