The top five community colleges are:

1. South Piedmont Community College: South Piedmont’s online course catalog lists nearly 300 individual classes in nine different academic fields. More than one-third of the school’s online courses are grounded in technology and computer programming subjects.

2. Cleveland Community College: The fall 2016 catalog at this North Carolina institution lists 260 web-based courses. Most online courses at CCC are taught asynchronously, though some have scheduled online class sessions or labs. Distance learners can also sign up for accelerated Ed2Go courses in subjects like grant writing, digital photography, and medical terminology. These six-week continuing education courses are entirely online, and usually consist of 12 two-hour class sessions.

3. Holmes Community College: 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 HCC.

4. Lenoir Community College: Lenoir’s online offerings include exclusively online associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in 16 different fields of study. In addition to core subjects like accounting, business administration, and information technology, online students can take classes in aviation management and career pilot technology, emergency medical science-bridging, and supply chain management.

5. Pamlico Community College: The fourth North Carolina school in our top five, this Greensboro institution offers a range of exclusively online and hybrid courses. The school’s mission is to “promote excellence and persistence” and to “coach and support each individual to overcome obstacles, discover their potential and achieve their educational and career goals.”

For the entire list of the top 50 community colleges, see the full ranking.

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Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura

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