ELIZABETH A. CONKEY
RANDOLPH -- U.S. News and World Report has ranked Vermont Technical College among the top public schools and the best regional colleges for 2014.
The college has a presence in Bennington, at 210 South St., which is home to the institution's associate degree in nursing (ADN) and practical nursing (PN) certificate programs.
Only ‘top public' school in Vt.
Vermont Tech's main campus is located in Randolph, about two hours from Bennington, and offers bachelor of science, associate of applied science, associate of science, and associate of engineering programs. A satellite campus in Williston also offers an array of similar programs for students.
Vermont Tech is one of only two Vermont schools to rank in the Best Northern Regional Colleges category and is the sole college in the state to rank for the Top Public Schools for regional colleges in the north.
The educational institutions which make up the Top Public Schools rankings are the highest ranked public colleges and universities in the 2014 Best Colleges rankings.
According to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the 367 Regional Colleges within the category focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the field of liberal arts, including nursing, education and business.
Within the Regional Colleges of the North category, Vermont Tech was ranked 10th amongst the Top Public Schools and fell at 33 for Best Regional Colleges.
"The Best Colleges rankings by U.S. News & World Report are an important and respected guide for students and their families," said Vermont Technical College President Dr. Phil Conroy in a prepared statement. "We are thrilled to be ranked among our nation's top colleges for another year and hope this continues to develop our position as a leader in applied education."
Vermont Tech's Bennington Site Director Anne Smeglin was equally as thrilled to learn of the college's recent accolade.
"We're extremely proud to have been recognized in this way," Smeglin said. "Our nursing programs are exemplary -- Both PN and associate degree nursing programs are offered here in Bennington. Our students are top notch," she continued. "We are fortunate to receive strong support from out clinical affiliating partners, our faculty and administrators. Our curriculum has been proven time and time again to be one that prepares our graduates for their roles as entry-level nurses."
In formulating the annual college rankings, U.S. News and World Report collects data from each college with up to 16 academic excellence indicators.
Factors that determine the rankings include faculty resources, graduation rate, student retention, and student selectivity.
The final collection of rankings then serves as a useful tool for prospective college students and their families during the college search process.
To learn more about Vermont Technical College or its Bennington campus and nursing programs, visit www.vtc.edu or call 802-442-8811.
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