LARGO – Although unemployment is still an issue in the United States of America, Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) is a leader in the area of career development with numerous students receiving respectable salaried wages after graduating with an associate’s degree. According to Homeroom, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education, PGCC is […]
LARGO – Although unemployment is still an issue in the United States of America, Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) is a leader in the area of career development with numerous students receiving respectable salaried wages after graduating with an associate’s degree.
According to Homeroom, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education, PGCC is ranked No. 15 in a national poll of top institutions of higher learning. The college is recognized for its students earning a high salary after graduating a rigorous two-year program.
“Prince George’s Community College is honored to be recognized among such an elite group of institutions,” said Charlene M. Dukes, president of PGCC. “Ensuring the success of the more than 40,000 students we serve is paramount to our mission and this latest ranking proves just how critical community colleges are and will continue to be for years to come.”
The median earnings of students, ten years after entering and graduating PGCC, is $40,900. The list includes only two-year degree-granting public schools with higher median positive earnings ten years after beginning at the school, rather than the median earnings for all predominantly two-year degree-granting schools.
PayScale reported that the national average salary for those earning an associate’s degree is $37,024, compared to the Maryland average salary for those earning an associate’s degree being between $30,591 and $35,760.
According to the U.S. Census, the overall median income for a household in Prince George’s County in 2015 is $73,551, which is two percent higher than the state of Maryland’s average income of $72,435.
“We are extremely proud to be listed among these outstanding two-year colleges,” said Dr. Tyjaun Lee, vice president of student services at PGCC. “The job market and its respective industries are rapidly changing, therefore the educational landscape has to evolve as well. More and more companies and organizations desire candidates with hands-on experience, in addition to academic credentials, and the curricula at a community college is specifically designed to fast-track students in their chosen career paths.
The average salary for an associate degree at PGCC out ranks other nearby colleges such as Anne Arundel Community College, whose graduates make $36,066 after completing the degree program. PGCC has a wider variety of associate degree options to make the school a pioneer in education.
Over the years many studies have shown that individuals with degrees earn more money over their lifetime than those with just a basic education. Alumna Tiffany Renee received an associate’s degree in communications at PGCC. Renee attended PGCC while working for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and received a lot of guidance from the college’s faculty. She is very proud that the college is receiving recognition for their prominent two-year programs.
“Going to PGCC definitely helped me make more money afterwards. When I first enrolled there my original major was acting and theater, but as I started taking electives. I took writing classes that were getting into public relations and it pushed me in the direction of PR,” Renee said. “I actually was going to transfer to Bowie State University, but there were certain teachers that stayed on top of me and advised me that it would look better if I finished out my AA and then transferred over to Bowie.”
Renee took classes such as public speaking, technical writing and media writing which taught her how to write news reports for the media outlets like newspapers and magazines.
“The public speaking class was the most influential class because most people have a fear of speaking to the public, but if you can’t relay information to your clients then you can’t be an effective public relations representative. I’m glad that a lot of the professors that I had did push me to do the right thing,” Renee said.
Since 1958, the college has provided students, the county, and region with high quality and affordable undergraduate education, cutting-edge workforce and development training and the opportunity to achieve their dreams and aspirations. The college awards Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Arts in teaching degrees. Students are also allows students to transfer from the two-year college to a four-year college or university.
“When a graduate can step into a new position and begin contributing at the onset, like many of our students here at PGCC can, that speaks volumes about their educational background and training,” Lee said. “That is what garners competitive salaries upon graduation.”