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August 21, 2017

QCC, MWCC ranked in bottom half of nation's community colleges

Photo | Grant Welker The Quinsigamond Community College campus in Worcester

Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester and Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner both land around the middle of a new national ranking of more than 700 community colleges.

Mount Wachusett ranked 409th, and was seventh among the 15 in Massachusetts, according to the rankings by the financial website WalletHub. It scored best for cost and affordability and lower for education and career outcomes, which factor in graduation and retention rates, and average salaries compared to the cost of attending college.

Quinsigamond landed at 434th, and 10th among Massachusetts community colleges. Its best score was for career outcomes, while it did poorer for cost and affordability and education outcomes.

Massachusetts public schools are often ranked as the best in the country, and the state is known for its prestigious colleges, but its community colleges had more middling reviews.

Cape Cod Community College ranked first in Massachusetts, at 269th overall, followed by Middlesex Community College, which has campuses in Bedford and Lowell, and Massasoit Community College in Brockton.

The top community college in the nation was Leech Lake Tribal College in Minnesota.

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