What Are Some of the Highest Ranked Community Colleges?

As of 2013 rankings, highly ranked community colleges in the United States include Walla Walla Community College, Santa Barbara City College, Lake Area Technical Institute, East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program and Technical Center, and North Central Kansas Technical College, according to TheBestSchools.org. The site ranks schools based on student graduation rates, employment outcomes and affordability, among other factors.

Walla Walla Community College is located in southeastern Washington, and includes the 100-acre Walla Walla campus and Clarkston Center in Clarkston, Washington. Academic Transfer Education, Professional/Technical Education, Transitional Studies, and Extended Learning are among the program options available at the college. The college also features a Running Start program for upper-level high school students. Some courses from the college are transferable to select four-year institutions.

Santa Barbara City College has over 50 certificate programs and 80 degree programs. Some courses transfer to four-year colleges in the region.

Watertown, South Dakota, is home to Lake Area Technical Institute, which has Agri-Business, Custom Paint and Fabrication Cosmetology, Robotics, Aviation Maintenance, and Nursing among its program options.

The East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program and Technical Center is in West Covina, California. The school partners with several businesses and support centers in the region. North Central Kansas Technical College has a main campus in Beloit, Kansas, and another one in Hays, Kansas.