The Center for Online Education released its list of the 50 best online community colleges for 2017, and Holmes Community College came in at number three in the nation.
In order to produce the top 50, the organization scored each school using a range of factors. All criteria were subdivided into three distinct categories, and each carried a different weight for determining a school's overall score. Categories include online flexibility, academics, and experience and affordability.
"All I have to say is that it is totally a team effort and it takes the whole college to achieve an award like this," Director of eLearning, Tish Stewart said.
As a member of the Mississippi Virtual Community College (MVCC) consortium, Holmes' online course offerings include classes from 14 different postsecondary schools in the state. Holmes offers more than 300 courses in two dozen academic subjects. Biology, English, mathematics, and sociology are among the most represented fields of study for online students at Holmes.
"I am very pleased that the eLearning department was ranked as the third best program in the country," Holmes President Dr. Jim Haffey said. "There are over 1000 community colleges in the United States to compete with for this honor. I am confident that no other finalist provides this education at a higher level for a lower cost.
"Our eLearning department operates with a very small staff, and I know that they could not be this successful without our faculty stepping up to teach where and when they are needed. I greatly appreciate this flexibility and 'can do' attitude. I also appreciate our other departments supporting eLearning," Haffey said. "This is a group effort that everyone should celebrate."
Tap here for more information about Holmes eLearning program.
IN THIS PHOTO: Pictured are (left to right) Heather Guest, Alan Kinsley, and Shalon Farris. Guest, Kinsley and Farris are all members of the eLearning staff on the Holmes Ridgeland Campus.