Saturday, July 30, 2011

FURTHER INFORMATION:       STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873


Citrus College Once Again Named Top Producer
by Stacy Armstrong


Citrus College has once again 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 and the top 50 associate degree and certificate producing two-year institutions.  The report consists of 44 categories, including associate degrees awarded to minorities, associate degrees by discipline, one-year certificates by discipline and two-year certificates by discipline.


This year, Citrus College was included on three of the 44 lists.


“It is an honor for Citrus College to be included on these lists, which consistently establish the college as a leader among the nation’s community colleges,” said Dr. Patricia Rasmussen, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees.  “The fact that our college is lauded as a top producer by this highly-respected publication every year is very significant national recognition.”


Using data gathered from the 2009-2010 academic year, Community College Week ranked Citrus College number 52 out of the top 100 producers of associate degrees awarded to Hispanic students.  The college, which serves a student body of nearly 13,000, was also ranked number 27 out of the top 50 producers of associate degrees in the area of multi-interdisciplinary (liberal arts) studies.


However, Citrus College’s most notable ranking was in one of two new categories recognizing the top 50 community colleges awarding associate degrees in nursing.   In one of these fledgling categories, practical nursing/vocational nursing/nursing assistant, Citrus College tied with five other institutions for 45th place.


“We are very proud to be the only community college from the San Gabriel Valley to be included on this list,” said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, Citrus College superintendent/president.  “Citrus College’s many valued partnerships with regional health care providers have been instrumental to our program’s success.  At a time in which health care professionals are in high demand, this recognition serves as a confirmation that together we are doing our part in securing the future of this very important industry.”


While the recognition of Citrus College’s nursing program in a new category is especially meaningful, Dr. Perri says she is extremely pleased with all three of this year’s Community College Week rankings.


“Our mission is to foster a diverse educational community and cultural learning environment that supports student success,” she said.  “Being repeatedly ranked as a top national community college is evidence that Citrus College is fulfilling its mission – a recognition we truly cherish!”




FURTHER INFORMATION:       STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873