Clinton Community College praised for job placement

PLATTSBURGH — Clinton Community College has been ranked the top junior college in New York state for job placement.

The college was found to have the highest percentage of people employed after graduation in New York for two-year colleges, also ranking third in the Northeast and 19th in the nation, CCC President Ray DiPasquale said in a news release.

The recent study was conducted by McLeod Brown of, a California-based company that aims to “help students find and pursue a career path and improve career outcomes.”

Its findings placed CCC at the top of the list for percentage of graduates who are employed 10 years after beginning as students at Clinton.

The Best Junior Colleges for Employment in Each State study was completed using College Scorecard data, which is compiled from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, Department of Education, U.S. Department of Treasury and other sources.

Local feedback

“This ranking is a pleasure to hear but not totally a surprise,” DiPasquale said. “Clinton’s programs are strategically designed to prepare our students for successful employment and provide them the best outcome possible.

“We consistently hear from local employers — manufacturers, CVPH, state agencies — about how valuable Clinton graduates are.”

CCC’s technology, criminal-justice and nursing programs have historically boasted high job-placement rates for graduates.


CCC expects to see the graduate employment rate continue to rise with the opening of the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing, the introduction of new degree programs in areas such as business, health services and English and new student services, including the addition of a dedicated Career Services Office.

The college offers 23 associate degree programs, six certificates, transfer pathways and advisement options, multiple non-credit professional credentials and many flexible learning options, including online and evening courses.