Housatonic Community College (HCC) was recently named one of the nation’s top colleges for helping minority students earn their associate degrees. The study, Top 100 Minority Associate Degree Producers report, was conducted by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, and ranks HCC as one of the top degree producers for African-Americans in six disciplines, and in four subject areas among Latinx populations.
HCC ranked 2nd in the country for graduating Latinx populations in the Management Information Systems and Services discipline, 6th among Asian-Americans, and 7th among African-Americans. Among all minority groups, HCC ranked 12th in the country for the Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions field, and 37th in the nation for Business.
“Housatonic Community College is an outstanding institution of higher learning, and we’re committed to providing the highest quality education and resources to help students realize their full potential,” said Dwayne Smith, Ph.D., HCC Chief Executive Officer. “These national rankings show that Housatonic is graduating its scholars and is a driver of educational diversity and opportunity for the entire region.”
The Top 100 Minority Associate Degree Producers report is the only national report on the ability of U.S. colleges and universities to award associate degrees to African-American, Asian American, Hispanic and Native American students.
Since 1968, HCC has awarded over 16,700 degrees and certificates. The college serves an eleven-town region with 88% of students seeking degrees. Seventy six percent of the student body identifies as non-Caucasian, and 68% are part-time students. HCC offers over 75 degree and certificate programs, and has the distinct recognition as an Achieving the Dream Leader College, listed among the nation’s top 150 community colleges. To learn more, visit www.Housatonic.edu
Registration for the fall term is going on now. Visit www.Housatonic.edu to register today. For students that don’t have access to a computer for online learning, the Housatonic Community College Foundation (HCCF) may be able to help. HCCF is a resource for students with available funding for emergency, technology and book needs. Visit https://bit.ly/HCCFfunds or contact Kristy Jelenik, HCCF Executive Director, at or call 203-332-5078.