Washington Monthly magazine has placed County College of Morris 12th in the nation in its 2019 ranking of community colleges that best serve adult learners. This is the third year in a row Washington Monthly has ranked CCM as one of “America’s Best Colleges for Adult Learners.”
The publication notes that adult learners “are students who make big sacrifices of their time and resources to pursue their goals. They deserve a different kind of college: the kind that designs programs and services to ensure that returning adults succeed.” Adult students are defined as those over the age of 25.
Metrics considered in the ranking included the ease of enrollment and transfer, program flexibility, services for adult students, the percentage of adult learners at the college, the graduation rate of part-time students, and the median earnings of adult students 10 years after entering the college.
Earlier this year, PayScale ranked CCM number one in New Jersey for the third consecutive year for associate degree holders who earn the highest salaries in the state. That report noted that CCM alumni by mid-career, with more than 10 years of work experience, earn an average of $70,700. PayScale provides the largest on-demand salary database in the world. In yet another ranking, CCM is rated a top community college in New Jersey by Best Colleges.
Students of all ages are automatically considered for free tuition through the Community College Opportunity Grant Program when they complete the FAFSA® or the NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application for NJ Dreamers.
CCM is the only community college in New Jersey to be named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
The college holds more than 150 transfer agreements and its graduates annually transfer to the state’s and nation’s best four-year institutions. CCM is focused on excellence in teaching and lifelong learning through the delivery of exceptional programs and services that reflect a dedication to inclusiveness and diversity, educational advancement, cultural enrichment and workforce development.
A 2017 study by Emsi, a leading provider of economic impact reports, found the college’s annual contribution to the Morris County economy equates to more than $484 million.