Pasadena City College has been named one of the top two-year colleges in the nation for Hispanic students by Hispanic Outlook On Education Magazine, PCC announced Wednesday.
In their annual ranking, based on federal data from the 2018-2019 academic year, the magazine found PCC was the top school in the state when it came to granting associate degrees to Latino and Latina students, and ranked third nationwide, PCC said in a written statement.
In terms of enrollment of Hispanic students, PCC ranked eighth in California and 13th in the nation.
PCC President and Superintendent Erika Endrijonas said the ranking shows “the extent of our service to the Latinx community.”
“Yet again, we can see that we are one of the best colleges in California for access and success for Latinx students,” Endrijonas said. “Everyone at PCC has worked hard to achieve this honor, and I’m so proud of their work.”
With a 51 percent Latina and Latino student body, PCC has been designated a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education, making the school eligible for federal grants, according to the college.
“PCC has received seven such grants over the last 15 years, leveraging these investments to start pilot programs and new service models for all students,” the statement said. “The college most recently received a $3 million, five-year grant through this program.”