Porterville College

PC named #11 in national community colleges best list

Porterville College was recently rated one of the top 20 community colleges in the nation, according to personal finance website, WalletHub.com.

The site conducted an in-depth analysis of 670 community colleges in the country using a data set that included a total of 17 key metrics, ranging from the cost of in-state tuition and fees to student-faculty ratio. Results were segmented into four key dimensions, including: 1) Cost & Financing, 2) Classroom Experience, 3) Education Outcomes and 4) Career Outcomes. Data used to create these rankings were obtained from the National Center for Education Statistics, the Center for Community College Student Engagement, and the Council for Community and Economic Research and American Institutes for Research and Optimity Advisors.

“We are extremely proud of being listed as the 11th Best Community College,” Porterville College President Dr. Rosa Flores-Carlson said. “I am not surprised by this honor because I witness every day the dedication to our students and their education by the faculty and staff at Porterville College.”

Porterville College was ranked as the No. 2 community college in California, behind Taft College (No. 5 in the nation). PC was ranked No. 10 in ‘Cost & Financing’ rank, No. 145 in ‘Classroom Experience’ rank, No. 364 in ‘Education Outcomes’ rank and No. 1 in ‘Career Outcomes’ rank.

“Our mission starts out with students as our focus and as long as this college remains true to its values and philosophy, we will always be successful,” Carlson said.

The full list can be viewed at www.wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-community-colleges/15076/.

Porterville College was also recently named No. 2 in Northern California in a USA Today: College online ranking article contrasting Northern and Southern California Community Colleges. Porterville College is located at 100 E. College Avenue in Porterville. For more information visit www.portervillecollege.edu or call (559) 791-2200.

The top 20 community colleges in the nation, according to WalletHub.com:

1.North Florida Community College (FL)

2.Dine College (AZ)

3.Chipola College (FL)

4.Northwest College (WY)

5.Taft College (CA)

6.Itawamba Community College (MS)

7.Southwestern Community College (NC)

8.Guttman Community College (NY)

9.Patrick Henry Communiuty College (VA)

10.Southwest Virginia Community College (VA)

11.Porterville College (CA)

12.Madisonville Community College (KY)

13.Broward College (FL)

14.Carolinas College of Health Sciences (NC)

15.Southwest Mississippi Community College (MS)

16.Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WI)

17.Florida Gateway College (FL)

18.Columbia College (CA)

19.Chaffey College (CA)

20.Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (AR)

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