Centralia College ranks Number One
Centralia College continues its high perch in the polls in graduation rate amongst the two-year, comprehensive colleges in Washington State. For the 2011 year Centralia College was 3rd behind Walla Walla Community College and Shoreline Community College. Over the last eight years Centralia College has been number one four times and has the state’s highest average graduation rate for the eight-year period of 41 percent. That compares to a system average of 28 percent.
The data is reported in the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data system (IPEDS). This federal data repository tracts data for all colleges and universities in the nation.
The graduation rate is figured on students completing degree requirements within three years of first enrollment.
A comprehensive college offers Workforce Education training programs, such as welding and diesel technology as well as transfer degrees.
“This is a statement that students who come to Centralia College planning to graduate and either enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year college or university are more likely to reach their goal,” Dr. Jim Walton, college president, said.
He added that Centralia College’s status as the number one college in average percentage graduate rate is solid indication that students are focused and are supported in their efforts by faculty and staff.
Centralia College’s reputation for fostering student success doesn’t end there.
Further statistical information shows that for the most part, Centralia College transfer students achieve grade point averages equal to, if not better than, students who enter a four-year school directly after high school, an indication that academic rigor at Centralia College is solid.
"These reports validate Centralia College’s commitment and dedication to providing a quality education,” Walton said.