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SCC ranked 12th best community college in U S by

Southeast Community College is ranked the No. 12 community college in the United States by, a leading higher education/career website.

The website selected the 50 best community colleges based on a comparison of several studies and ratings of community colleges, as well as the college’s reputation and a review of a large number of notable community colleges.

David Redfearn, marketing analyst for the site, said rankings and studies by the Aspen Institute, Washington Monthly, CNNMoney, and Community College Week were used to compile the list of 50 best community colleges by

For two consecutive years SCC has been ranked in the top 10 percent of all U.S. community colleges by the Aspen Institute., in a study for CNNMoney, ranked SCC eighth in the U.S. for student success rate. And SCC ranked No. 1 in the nation eight consecutive years in Precision Production graduates by Community College Week magazine.

Dr. Jack Huck, SCC president, said the latest ranking further validated the quality of the institution.

“This is more positive reinforcement of the good work we do,” Huck said. “The site is designed to assist prospective students and their parents with the college selection process. We are very pleased to be ranked so highly among the 1,300 community colleges nationwide.”

The profile that appears on the website gives a snapshot of SCC, including the district it serves, its campuses, programs, academic awards, and honors.

According to Redfearn, is an independent organization with no ties to any other educational institution. All its editors know the academic world inside out, with some holding PhDs and having extensive experience in teaching, research and publishing at the university level. is dedicated to empowering prospective students with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve personal happiness and career success. The site says, “For most of us, the knowledge and skills we need to succeed require more school, typically college or university. For those still deciding on the right career, we are here to provide guidance through our career articles. For those who know what they want to do, we are here to find the best school and degree program through our ranking, school and online-ed articles.”

The site goes on to say that it makes a variety of unbiased and useful resources available to students as they are deciding on schools and degree programs and advancing their education.

The general editor of is James Barham, a native Texan who received a B.A. in Classics from the University of Texas-Austin, an M.A. in the history of science from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science from the University of Notre Dame.

About Derek Nester

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.