Communication Art & Design and Diesel Mechanics programs ranked top 5 in nation

Jun 16, 2020 | 3:44 PM

In a recent report by GradReports, two Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) programs received national rankings for median starting salary and tuition affordability:

Of the colleges ranked in each category, ATCC has among the lowest annual tuition, proving that a college doesn’t have to be expensive to provide a high-quality education. ATCC graduates can complete their education in as little as two years, and have the skills to step to the forefront of their chosen professions. With a 98% placement rate and numerous industry connections, grads have the potential to begin a career that not only pays the bills, but fulfills their passions.

Communication Art & Design

Established in 1968, the Communication Art & Design program prepares students for a variety of design careers, teaching skills in graphic design, drawing and illustration techniques, editorial and advertising art, packaging design, and web design, as well as art history, color theory, and more. Students complete a portfolio website they can use to begin their career after graduation. Learn more at

Diesel Mechanics

Established in 1966, the Diesel Mechanics program is designed to teach the student in the areas of construction equipment, agriculture equipment, and truck repair and maintenance. The classroom and lab portions of the program instruct students in theory, industry standards, technical skills, safety, and required related skills. Students get hands-on experience with equipment from Cummins, Caterpillar, Detroit Diesel, Case IH, Peterbilt, Kenworth, Freightliner, John Deere, Eaton, Meritor, and more. Learn more at

About GradReports:

Rankings were determined using median early-career salary data of over 5 million graduates from the U.S. Department of Education's resource, College Scorecard.

All salary numbers are representative of graduates from the subject area and degree level specified. The rankings also include the median total debt from College Scorecard, which represents the debt accumulated by student borrowers of federal loans who completed a degree in the indicated field of study. Both salary and total debt data are based on school-reported information about students' program of completion.

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