College of the Albemarle Named #1 Community College in North Carolina
by CCED, on 8/15/16 7:30 AM
College of the Albemarle has been named the #1 community college in North Carolina by Schools.com, a leading resource for career-minded students. Schools.com analyzed all 58 community colleges in the state and ranked them based on a number of variables, including key performance metrics, learning options and affordability.
The report states:
College of The Albemarle (COA) is based in Elizabeth City, but students can also attend courses in Currituck, Dare and Edenton-Chowan. Its service to these regions is widely acknowledged: In 2014, COA and Currituck County received the Distinguished Partners in Excellence award from North Carolina's State Board of Community Colleges.
COA extends educational access even further through its online learning options. Of the 58 North Carolina community colleges we ranked, COA placed No. 2 for distance education participation, with nearly 75 percent of its students taking at least one class via distance education. The school also ranked among the top North Carolina community colleges for affordability.
Leading-edge facilities: College of The Albemarle continuously works to provide students with new and updated facilities. In the 15-year stretch between 2001 and 2016, COA built or renovated: a new Technology Center, the Dr. Zack D. Owens Health Center, the Currituck Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center, the Dolphins Den and a Welding Lab.
North Carolina's community colleges are playing an increasingly important role in economic development:
"Community colleges generate new opportunities for students and their communities. North Carolina considers them vital for economic growth, and invests in them accordingly: its community college system is the third largest in the nation, by number of schools."
View the entire "Best community colleges in North Carolina" rankings at Schools.com.