PGCC Proves Highly Valuable POST-Graduation

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Article by: Jennifer L. Colter

Prince George's Community College Named Among Two-Year Colleges Where Students Earn High Salaries After Graduation

Courtesy of HOMEROOM: The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Education

Once again, Prince George's Community College is ranked in a national poll for top institutions of higher learning. This time, however, the college is being recognized for its high value after a student graduates. Over the years many studies have shown that individuals with degrees earn more money over their lifetime than those with just a basic education. But the landscape is ever-evolving; at one time when having an advanced degree secured a comfortable livelihood for recent grads, now fast forward to current times and statistics are showing that men and women who are earning Associate degrees in specialized industries are earning big money upon graduating.

According to the recent article in Homeroom (2015), many two-year community colleges can offer students valuable opportunities to excel in their careers. Depending on the programs that the school offers and excels in, the career ambitions of its students, and the skills that students gain while in school, two-year degrees can provide a great value to students.

Here are 45 two-year public colleges across the U.S. at which earnings exceed those of the typical two-year college--including Prince George's Community College.

Institution Name State Median Earnings of Students 10 Years After Entering the School

Prince William Sound Community College AK $42,000
Marion Military Institute AL $48,500
NorthWest Arkansas Community College AR $32,300
Scottsdale Community College AZ $35,700
Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health CA $85,800
Colorado Northwestern Community College CO $38,300
Capital Community College CT $35,000
Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington DE $33,500
Santa Fe College FL $33,500
Georgia Highlands College GA $34,100
Kapiolani Community College HI $33,300
Northwest Iowa Community College IA $38,400
College of DuPage IL $35,000
Vincennes University IN $32,200
Manhattan Area Technical College KS $36,400
Louisiana State University-Eunice LA $31,500
Quincy College MA $38,400
Prince George’s Community College MD $40,900
Southern Maine Community College ME $37,300
Schoolcraft College MI $31,000
Inver Hills Community College MN $38,400
Linn State Technical College MO $36,400
Highlands College of Montana Tech MT $39,800
Carolinas College of Health Sciences NC $47,300
North Dakota State College of Science ND $41,400
Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture NE $43,800
NHTI-Concord’s Community College NH $37,700
County College of Morris NJ $40,200
New Mexico Military Institute NM $39,100
Truckee Meadows Community College NV $32,500
Fashion Institute of Technology NY $44,100
Ohio State University-Marion Campus OH $42,600
Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City OK $34,400
Clackamas Community College OR $33,800
University of Pittsburgh-Titusville PA $48,200
University of South Carolina-Sumter SC $32,800
Mitchell Technical Institute SD $38,000
Lamar Institute of Technology TX $48,200
Salt Lake Community College UT $36,200
Northern Virginia Community College VA $41,700
Vermont Technical College VT $44,200
Bellevue College WA $41,300
University of Wisconsin Colleges WI $33,000
Potomac State College of West Virginia University WV $43,900
Casper College WY $32,900

This list includes only predominantly two-year-degree-granting public schools with higher median positive earnings 10 years after beginning at the school than the median earnings for all predominantly two-year-degree-granting schools. Only the predominantly two-year-degree-granting public school with the highest median positive earnings in each state is shown in the list.

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