A recent report named Central Texas College in the top 100 two-year degree and certificate producers in the nation for the 2011-2012 school year.

The annual report, compiled by Community College Week magazine, placed CTC 27th overall among all schools and universities and 16th among two-year schools in producing two-year degrees.

According to data from the college, CTC produced 2,929 associate degrees last year, an increase of 7 percent over the previous year.

“We’ve seen an increase in overall enrollments during the past five to 10 years, which may contribute to the increase in degrees produced,” said CTC spokesman Bruce Vasbinder. “We have also placed an increased emphasis on retention.”

The report also shows that a growing number of the students receiving those degrees at CTC are minority students.

The college was ranked 12th overall with 931 associate degrees produced among African-American students and 45th overall among two-year schools for Hispanic students. The college was ranked fourth in Texas behind El Paso Community College, Houston Community College and Lone Star College System in total associate degrees earned by minority students.

Looking to the future, the college has plans to expand its degree offering. Vasbinder said CTC will introduce a new associate degree in kinesiology for the upcoming fall semester. In addition, the college is also considering adding shorter-term certificates of completion for programs like welding and other vocational/technical programs to help students enter the workforce quickly.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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