Westchester Community College has been ranked among the top colleges in the nation for the number of associate degrees granted to minorities. Community College Week magazine has listed the college in its top 100 in two separate categories.
The college ranked #91 in the number of Black graduates (175 individuals) and ranked #97 in Hispanic graduates (172 individuals). “This report confirms our progress toward goals long-held at the institution,” says Joseph Hankin, President of Westchester Community College. “Such goals are not reached without a conscientious effort by many departments at the college working together to achieve these objectives. We are proud of our efforts,â€ he says.
More than one-third of the collegeâ€™s students taking courses for credit are from minority backgrounds. These numbers reflect the population-at-large in the county. Working together with Westchester County Executive Andy Spano and the County Board of Legislators, the college has expanded its outreach into areas with large minority representation including Yonkers, Mount Vernon and Ossining. The college now has extension centers in those cities. In 2010, the college will open the Gateway Center on the main campus in Valhalla; this building will house new classrooms, the Welcome Center, Volunteer Center, and also will centralize many offerings forÂ new Americans, many of whom are of minority representation.
The college, which was founded in 1946, is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as by New York State.Â Westchester Community College, the largest college in the county, is sponsored locally by Westchester County, and is a unit of the State University of New York.
(Press release courtesy of Patrick Hennessey/WCC.)