Public community colleges offer some of the best deals in higher education. Most public community colleges offer programs both for students interested in transferring to 4-year schools to earn a bachelor's degree and for students who want to earn an associate degree. This list ranks the alumni salaries of graduates who receive associate degrees (and no higher degrees) from public community colleges across the country.
Unfortunately, a disturbing trend that we see on this list is below-average job meaning statistics for many of the public community colleges that produce the highest-earning alumni. The national median of workers who say their job makes the world a better place is around 50 percent, but many community colleges are below that.