Record Setting Year at SCC
SCC sees a 31 percent increase in credentials earned
Somerset Community College (SCC) has set a new record for the number of graduates and credentials awarded in an academic year. For the 2016-17 academic year, 3,479 students earned either an associate’s degree, diploma or certificate from SCC, which is an increase of 31 percent over the previous year.
SCC set records in number of credentials awarded, number of graduates and number of associate’s degrees awarded. Overall, the college has grown exponentially since 2000. According to the data from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), only 578 students received a credential of some type in 2000-2001.
“I think our recent increase in enrollment and number of graduates is evidence of the work our employees have been putting in to make sure that our programs are top notch,” said Dr. Jo Marshall, SCC president and CEO. “We are committed to our community, business and industry, and our students. Whether students plan to transfer to another college or university, or go straight to work after finishing their courses, they have a place at SCC.”
SCC offers dozens of programs to get students ready to transfer or into a career. Some programs can be finished in weeks, and scholarships are available for those who qualify. In addition, SCC offers smaller class sizes and the lowest tuition in the state, making it a convenient, affordable and smart choice for many college students. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, KY, and academic centers in Casey, Clinton, Russell and McCreary Counties.
The total number of credentials awarded through all 16 KCTCS schools, 34,502, increased by 12 percent over the prior year. Systemwide, associate degrees were up 3 percent, diplomas 23 percent and certificates 16 percent.
Some of the reasons for the record numbers include an increased emphasis on shorter-term credentials that lead to high demand jobs, and students better understanding the value of embedded certificates that can be included in associate degrees.