North Shore Community College (NSCC) is in the top 25 community colleges nationally to advance opportunities for low-income students according to the U.S. Department of Education. Furthermore, NSCC is one of just three Massachusetts community colleges receiving this prestigious designation.
“I’m very proud of the NSCC team of faculty and staff who work very hard to provide an excellent curriculum, learning environment, and terrific individualized student support to nearly 15,000 North Shore residents annually,” said NSCC President Patricia A. Gentile. “We’re a great investment for anyone interested in a quality post-secondary education that leads to relevant workforce credentials, employer-recognized associate degrees, or successful transfer onto a bachelor’s degree and beyond.”
According to the DOE, these public community colleges enroll over 40% low-income students and have relatively high outcomes for those students. In addition, over 70% of all borrowers at these schools were successfully repaying their loans three years after they left school. In total, low-income students at these schools averaged at least $30,000 in earnings 10 years after they first enrolled at the school.
The other two community colleges that were named in Massachusetts were Quinsigamond Community College and Springfield Technical Community College. President Gentile noted, “NSCC is proud to join with our colleagues at QCC and Springfield Tech in adding great value to our state’s economy and quality of life in our local communities.”