In the category of “Best Community Colleges in Kansas” the bestcolleges.com has listed Salina Area Technical College as #1 for it’s low cost and high graduation rates. Salina Tech is also ranked as the #1 College in Kansas for student success by the Kansas Board of Regents Student Success, and is among the top 10% in the nation according to the Aspen Institute.
The Kansas Department of Commerce reports that about 90% of Kansas adults have a high school diploma, ranking the state number 17 in the country. Over 30% of Kansas adults 25 and older have a college degree. Despite high education rates, over 700,000 Kansas adults between the ages of 25 and 65 lack postsecondary credentials. Kansas has a long-term strategic plan to better prepare its workforce, with aims to achieve a 60% increase in the number of earned certificate, associate or bachelor’s degree by 2020.
Since implementing the plan, Kansas has seen an increase of 5.6% in associate degrees earned between 2009 and 2014. Kansas offers associate’s degrees and certification programs at 43 two-year and training institutions throughout the state. In addition to more traditional two-year programs, Kansas has worked to find innovative ways to close this gap through its Accelerating Opportunity (AO-K) initiative. AO-K is a unique delivery system for adult education that allows students to earn short-term certifications through a career pathways framework.