By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

WalletHub Ranks Gwinnett Technical College #1 Community College in Georgia

National Rankings Put Gwinnett Tech in Country’s Top 5% at #33

GWINNETT/NORTH FULTON – As the cost of higher learning continues to climb, students and parents today are weighing the value of a college education and ultimate return on investment more than ever before.

WalletHub’s ranking released this week speaks volumes about the tremendous value and return on investment students get from a degree from Gwinnett Technical College. 

Gwinnett Tech ranked in the top 5% nationally, coming in at #33, and was the highest ranked community college in Georgia. To determine the best community colleges in the U.S., WalletHub analysts compared 821 institutions across the country considering twelve relevant metrics relating to three key dimensions: 1) Cost & Financing, 2) Education Outcomes, and 3) Career Outcomes. 

The data used to create the rankings were collected from the National Center for Education Statistics, Council for Community and Economic Research, and College Measures. When weighing Cost & Financing, WalletHub analyzed cost of in-state tuition and fees, availability of grants, cost per student, school spending efficiency and faculty salaries. Education Outcomes factored first-year retention rates, graduation rates, transfer-out rates, student-faculty ratios and credentials awarded per 100 full-time-equivalent students. Career outcomes weighed return on educational investment and student-loan default rates. 

WalletHub is personal finance website founded by financial guru Odysseas Papadimitriou to help consumers efficiently attain WalletFitness™ so they may enjoy life instead of worrying about money. WalletHub offers an online community that allows people to search for and compare financial products and interact with a community interested in making smarter financial decisions. WalletHub publishes many independent rankings that are well-respected and valued in the industry.

Gwinnett Technical College President, Dr. D. Glen Cannon says, “It’s an honor to be ranked so high on this list. WalletHub’s ranking is a great validator that we have a true formula for success. With cost at only $89 per credit hour and a 98.7% job placement rate, we are offering our students a big return on their investment. Gwinnett Tech continues to deliver valuable, career-focused education for real world high demand jobs.”

Enrollment at Gwinnett Technical College continues to rise as nearly 80% of today’s jobs don’t require a four-year degree, but do require the kind of specialized education and hands-on training that a technical college provides. In addition to the economic value, students of varying educational and economic backgrounds draw to Gwinnett Tech for its flexibile course schedules, smaller class sizes, and comparatively rigorous coursework to university counterparts.

Gwinnett Tech is the state’s third largest technical college, offering more than 150 degree, diploma and certificate programs and serving more than 18,000 students annually.

To learn more about Gwinnett Tech, visit GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580. 

To access the full 2016 Best & Worst Community Colleges report, visit WalletHub.com.

About Gwinnett Tech: Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of its community. The College offers more than 150 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech is Gwinnett County's largest provider of corporate training and also serves residents and businesses in north Fulton County. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.