A website that helps students make college decisions recognized Illinois Eastern Community Colleges for seven top programs in the United States. Intelligent.com, which is a resource for online and on-campus program rankings and higher education planning, included IECC in its programs assessed for 2022. The research identifies programs in the nation based on flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost, and reputation.
Intelligent.com implemented a unique methodology that ranks each program on a scale from 0 to 100 across five categories. The scoring system compares each university according to program strength, student readiness, return on investment, cost, and student engagement. Researchers compared 704 programs from 2,900 universities and colleges across the United States.
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges offers flexible distance learning that appeals to busy adults or hybrid models that include on-campus and online formats. Experts at Intelligent.com assessed programs that help students enhance and develop advanced skills for a variety of in-demand positions.
Intelligent.com rated IECC as the top choice for Online Associate in Medical Assisting Programs and gave IECC the Intelligent Pick Award. The Human Resource Assistant program ranked 13th nationally and was named the Best for Illinois Transfer Students. For General Studies Online, IECC was 15th and was named the Best of Tech Skills. They rated the Alternative Fuels program the best in the state. IECC ranked 18th nationally for its Accounting Program. The Medical Office Administration Program ranked 22nd and earned the Best Internship Option Award. The Pharmacy Tech program rated 35th and was named the Best for Certification Review.
“When students come to Frontier Community College, Lincoln Trail College, Olney Central College, and Wabash Valley College, they’re getting an exceptional education,” said IECC Chancellor Dr. Ryan Gower. “One of the biggest reasons for that is our faculty strive to get to know our students and help them succeed. Students can count on personalized attention when they come to any one of our colleges.”
Studies show that obtaining a degree increases income substantially, degree holders earning 84% more than those with only high school diplomas or those without a completed GED. The percentage difference in earnings continues to grow with higher learning degrees such as masters, doctoral or professional degrees, with the unemployment rate decreasing to as much as 1.1% for those with a doctorate.