Holmes Community College was recently ranked first place in three programs and third place in one on the 2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges and Degrees listing. Holmes ranked No. 1 in accounting, No. 1 in criminal justice, No. 1 in healthcare, and No. 3 in medical billing and coding. The full list, compiled by SR Education Group's website OnlineU, can be found at http://www.onlineu.org/most-affordable-colleges.
"I was so thrilled to see four of our programs earn a spot on the SR Education ranking," Holmes CC President Dr. Jim Haffey said. "At Holmes, we are proud to offer quality programs at an affordable price. I think one of the highest honors an institution can receive is to be recognized for the vast opportunities we provide to help our students receive an education. We work to serve everyone and don't want to leave anyone behind. Our tuition is low, and enrollment is on the rise, so we are grateful to the SR Education Group for giving us this recognition."
Launched in 2004, SR Education Group is an online education publisher responsible for OnlineU.org, a website with a mission to hold educational institutions accountable for making degrees affordable and accessible. It was one of the first websites to release rankings of colleges based purely on annual tuition rates. In order to be considered for the overall list, the colleges have to offer at least 10 online degrees.
"There has been a lot of talk about how expensive attending college has become, but no one is taking the time to recognize colleges that are making a concerted effort to keep tuition costs low," explains SR Education Group CEO Sung Rhee. "The colleges represented on our 2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges and Degrees lists are revolutionizing the education industry by offering quality degrees at palatable prices. It is our hope that other colleges take notice and start to follow suit, lowering tuition costs all across the nation!"
Holmes Community College is part of the Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC), and offers classes via the Internet platform Canvas. Courses are offered both by Holmes instructors and through other instructors in the MSVCC. Although a number of options are offered, including regular semester courses, four-week courses, and eight-week courses, the eLearning Department offers to customize schedules for interested students if they do not see a class they need.
Holmes is a multi-campus institution that offers the Associate of Arts degree, Associate of Applied Science degree, technical and career certificates, and workforce training. The college now offers more than 50 academic majors, approximately 30 professional programs, over 50 extracurricular activities, 10 athletic sports, and a variety of student support services. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
For more information on the eLearning Department and online offerings, call (662) 472-9162.