January 5, 2015

For the third straight year, East Central Community College in Decatur is included in the list of Top 50 Fastest Growing Community Colleges in the United States, according to the Dec. 8, 2014, issue of Community College Week, a national publication located in Selmer, Tenn.

East Central was ranked 36th in the list of two-year institutions with student enrollments from 2,500 to 4,999.

Information for the report involved enrollment comparisons from 2012 to 2013, when East Central’s enrollment grew from 2,494 to 2,572, an increase of 3.1 percent.

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart said the national recognition highlights the college’s continued success in attracting students, especially when compared to other state institutions.

He said, “Our vision for East Central Community College is to be Nationally Recognized and Locally Preferred and this recognition demonstrates our progress on both aspects of this vision. Although we dropped from 20th last year to 36th on this year’s list, we are one of only three community colleges in the state of Mississippi on any list. It is certainly due to the hard work and efforts of all College employees that we remain on this prestigious list of community colleges in America.”

For more information, contact ECCC Student Services, 601-635-6205 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 205. The e-mail address is rlee@eccc.