THE COLLEGE RANKS IN TOP 100 ASSOCIATE DEGREE
PRODUCERS IN TWO CATEGORIES: BLACKS AND HISPANICS
Community College has been ranked among the top colleges in the nation for
the number of associate degrees granted to minorities. Community College
Week magazine has listed the college in its top 100 in two separate
The college ranked #91 in the number of Black graduates (175 individuals)
and ranked #97 in Hispanic graduates (172 individuals). "This report
confirms our progress toward goals long-held at the institution," says
Joseph Hankin, President of Westchester Community College. "Such goals are
not reached without a conscientious effort by many departments at the
college working together to achieve these objectives. We are proud of our
efforts,” he says.
More than one-third of the college’s students taking courses for credit are
from minority backgrounds. These numbers reflect the population-at-large in
the county. Working together with Westchester County Executive Andy Spano
and the County Board of Legislators, the college has expanded its outreach
into areas with large minority representation including Yonkers, Mount
Vernon and Ossining. The college now has extension centers in those cities.
In 2010, the college will open the Gateway Center on the main campus in
Valhalla; this building will house new classrooms, the Welcome Center,
Volunteer Center, and also will centralize many offerings for new
Americans, many of whom are of minority representation.