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2 Connecticut community colleges make national list for advancing low-income students

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Naugatuck Valley Community College. (NVCC photo) Naugatuck Valley Community College. (NVCC photo)
WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

Two community colleges in Connecticut have been ranked among the best in the country when it comes to advancing opportunities for low-income students.

Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury and Three Rivers Community College in Norwich ranked in the top 25 of the U.S. Department of Education's list of two-year public colleges.

The list ranked the schools' effectiveness in serving low-income students with relatively high outcomes.

NVCC said it enrolls 41 percent of low-income students with graduates averaging $34,100 in earnings 10 years after enrollment. It also said 75 percent of borrowers successfully pay down their loans three years after graduation.

“NVCC celebrates our students with joy and with a grateful heart for their achievements as we praise the contributions of our faculty and staff to their success,” said NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis. “The college is making a difference in the lives of students, communities and Connecticut. I am so proud of our community colleges and the powerful work we are doing for the state.”

Three Rivers enrolls 45 percent of low-income students with graduates earning an average of $31,700 after 10 years. It also said 74 percent of borrowers successfully pay down their loans in three years.

“We are delighted that TRCC can make a college degree a reality for so many area residents with low incomes,” said TRCC President Mary Ellen Jukoski. “The majority of our students are part-time and hold more than one job while still attending college. We provide a very affordable education for these determined, dedicated students in a very caring, nurturing environment that supports their success.”

To view the complete list of the top 25, click here.

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