Community colleges are a trusted way to achieve career advancement, whether it's through a certificate or an associate's degree. Yet, going to a mediocre college can lead to sub-par results in your higher learning experience. These top 10 community colleges earned their rankings in 2007 from "Washington Monthly." The rankings are the first ever developed for community colleges and are derived from the strength of the programs, attendance and the performance of their graduates in the real world.

Atlanta Technical College

Atlanta Technical College ranks as the top school nationally. The college offers technical certificates, diplomas and associate degrees. They have more than 80 programs, ranging from business media and information technology to health and human services.

Atlanta Technical College 1560 Metropolitan Parkway Southwest Atlanta, GA 30310-4446 404-225-4400 atlantatech.edu

Cascadia Community College

Cascadia Community College can be found just northeast of Seattle and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.The general approach at this school is to give research assignments that facilitate learning. Students also have access to the University of Washington library system, which includes learning resources, computer equipment and numerous books.

Cascadia Community College 18345 Campus Way Northeast Bothell, WA 98011-8205 425-352-8000 cascadia.edu

Southern University at Shreveport

Southern University at Shreveport was established in 1967. It has six divisions plus a separate nursing school. These academic divisions include: humanities, science and technology, academic outreach, business studies, behavioral science and allied health. Southern U's enrollment is just under 2,500 with more than half of those attending the college on a full-time basis.

Southern University at Shreveport Southern Ave & College St Shreveport, LA 71104 susla.edu/

Southwestern Community College

Southwestern is one of the 59 members operating in the North Carolina Community College System. It's located on a 57-acre piece of land just off the 116 highway bordering both Sylva and Webster. They offer diplomas, certificates and associate degrees. Southwestern is approved by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Southwestern Community College 447 College Drive Sylva, NC 28779 828-586-4091 southwesterncc.edu/

Hazard Community And Technical College

Hazard Community And Technical College offers its students more than 200 certificates, diplomas and degrees. One of the hallmarks of the school is its commitment to helping students plan their experience while attending the college. The staff at the center for career, college and life planning actively assists students with decisions regarding their future. Hazard also caters to students from poorer backgrounds; 90 percent of its students receive financial assistance.

Hazard Community And Technical College One Community College Drive Hazard, KY 41701 1-800-246-7521
hazard.kctcs.edu

North Florida Community College

North Florida Community College aims to keep the faculty student ratio as low as possible, and it's rare for a class to have more than 25 students enrolled in it. One of the centerpieces of this campus is the science learning center, which boasts the latest technology to give students a hands on education.

North Florida Community College 325 NW Turner Davis Dr Madison, FL 32340-1611 850- 973-1622 nfcc.edu

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

The Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College has four locations in the northwest part of the state. It has more than 50 career programs and is an avid member of the Wisconsin Technical College System. The fact that 1 in 9 residents of the community have taken a class at this college speaks for itself in terms of the relationship it has with locals. Degrees, technical training, diplomas and customized training are just some of the offerings.

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College 600 North 21st Street Superior, WI 54880-5207 715-394-6677 witc.edu

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College

At Southwest Kentucky, more than 50 programs lead to certificates and two-year degrees. Students can also elect to go on the transfer path to the four-year university of their choice. Southeast's tuition and fees are a slightly less than $3,000 dollars for one year.

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College 700 College Road Cumberland, KY 40823 606-589-2145 southeast.kctcs.edu/

Zane State College

Zane State College is located in Cambridge, Ohio. Its programs are designed to give students a stalwart foundation in business or science. At Zane, getting a job trumps being affluent in general knowledge. The average student at Zane spends three years attending the college in order to complete his desired degree or certificate.

Zane State College ceitl.zanestate.edu 1555 Newark Road Zanesville, OH 43701-2694 740-454-2501 zanestate.edu/

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

This Tifton, Georgia, college specializes in agricultural studies. There are 48 programs Abraham Baldwin College to choose from for those in the two-year curriculum. Nine of those majors are in the career technological program, which equips students to be successful in a competitive job market.

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College 2802 Moore Highway Tifton, GA 31793 800-733-3653 stallion.abac.peachnet.edu/