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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    SEPTEMBER 11, 2009
FURTHER INFORMATION:       STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873

 

 

Citrus College Named Top Producer by National Community College Publication

by Stacy Armstrong

 

Citrus College has been named one of the nation’s top degree and certificate producing two-year institutions by Community College Week.

 

Every year, the bi-weekly magazine releases a special report featuring the top 100 degree and certificate producing two-year institutions.  The report consists of 43 different categories, including associate degrees awarded to minorities, associate degrees by discipline, two-year certificates awarded to minorities, and two-year degrees by discipline.

 

Citrus College was included on four of the 43 lists.

 

“This magazine is a well-respected, independent publication that serves community, technical, and junior colleges throughout the United States,” said Mrs. Susan M. Keith, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees.  “We are honored to receive this recognition establishing us as a leader among the 1,200 community colleges in the nation.”

 

Using data gathered from the 2007-2008 academic year, Community College Week ranked Citrus College number 55 out of the top 100 producers of associate degrees awarded to Hispanic students.  Citrus was also ranked number 85 out of the top 100 producers of two-year certificates awarded to Hispanic students.

 

“Last year, 44 percent of the total two-year certificates and 37 percent of the total associate degrees conferred by Citrus College were awarded to Latino students,” said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College.  “The Department of Education recognizes us as a Hispanic Serving Institution.  As such, we find these specific rankings especially gratifying.”

 

Citrus College ranked number 38 out of the top 100 producers of associate degrees in the area of multi-interdisciplinary studies.  The college also ranked number 92 in the area of awarding associate degrees in all disciplines to minority groups.  In fact, 51 percent of last year’s graduating class were minority students.

 

Perri says she is extremely pleased with the Community College Week recognition.

 

“Our mission is to foster a diverse educational community and cultural learning environment that supports student success,” she said.  “These rankings are evidence that we are doing our job.”

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    SEPTEMBER 11, 2009
FURTHER INFORMATION:       STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873