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10 July 2013

HACC ranks 60th in nation in number of associate degrees awarded in 2011-12

College’s status based on U.S. Department of Education data analysis of two-year institutions of higher learning

HARRISBURG, Pa. – HACC ranks 60th out of nearly 1,200 two-year institutions nationwide in the number of associate degrees awarded in all disciplines in 2011-12, according to an analysis of United States Department of Education data.

“Top 100 Associate Degree Producers” is an annual analysis by Community College Week, a biweekly publication focusing on two-year institutions, including 1,132 community colleges, in the United States.

The report notes HACC conferred 2,020 associate degrees during 2011-12. The previous period, 2010-11, HACC conferred 1,847 degrees and was ranked 65th in the nation, according to the magazine’s analysis of the federal data.

In addition, HACC ranked among the top 50 two-year institutions for the number of degrees conferred in eight of 20 categories in 2011-12, including:

•  Business, management, marketing and related support services
•  Computer and information sciences and support services
•  Criminal justice and corrections
•  Education
•  Health professions and related programs
•  Nursing: registered, administration, research and clinical
•  Protective services, including Homeland Security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services
•  Sales (general), merchandising and related marketing operations

“Being ranked in the top 5 percent of the nation in the number of associate degrees awarded in all disciplines showcases the success of the more than 2,000 students who graduated from HACC in 2011-12,” said HACC President John J. “Ski” Sygielski, Ed.D.

“HACC’s status nationally is a further reflection of the dedication and hard work of College employees who routinely go beyond the ordinary to help our students achieve their educational goals,” Sygielski said.

The report can be found online at .

About HACC:
HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, was established in 1964 as the first Pennsylvania community college and is the state’s largest of the 14 community colleges. HACC offers nearly 200 associate career and transfer degrees, certificate and diploma programs annually to nearly 44,000 credit students in a 10-county area. HACC has regional campuses in Harrisburg, Gettysburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York, and online Virtual Learning that reaches students on a global scale. In addition, HACC is Central Pennsylvania’s premier workforce development provider with thousands of students enrolled in areas such as job training, customized company contracts, public safety, healthcare, technology, trades and computer training. For more information, go to or call 1-800-ABC-HACC (1-800-222-4222).

Pamilla Saylor
Office of College Advancement, HACC

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