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College Ranked Top Producer of Associate Degrees for African-Americans in Maryland

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Article by: Joe Clark, clarkjx@pgcc.edu

LARGO, Md. —Prince George’s Community College tops the list of associate degree producers among African-Americans of any college in the state of Maryland, according to a recent report by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Overall, the institution ranks 21st among all community colleges in the country for African-American graduates based on the 2010-2011 U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics across all disciplines.  

In 2011, Prince George’s Community College produced 578 African-American graduates with an associate degree, which represents an 11 percent increase over 522 graduates in 2010. The college ranked 63rd among the top 100 associate degree producers of all minorities combined. 

“The college established Envision Success to assist students in achieving their goals of completing associate degrees and certificate programs,” said Sandra Dunnington, vice president for academic affairs. “Being included among the nation’s leading institutions as a top producer of associate degrees acknowledges the time and commitment our faculty and staff have contributed to student success and intensifies our focus to substantially increase the number of community college graduates by 2025,” she added.  

Diverse Issues in Higher Education focuses exclusively on matters of access and opportunity for all in higher education. To view Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine’s African-American Associate Degree producers’ statistics, visit  http://diverseeducation.com/top100/. 

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at  www.pgcc.edu.    

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