The Washington Monthly is the first and only publication to rank America’s best colleges for vocational certificates. To build the rankings, we pulled numbers for the ten most common undergraduate certificate programs from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard dataset. For each program, we rank colleges according to the median earnings of their students one year after graduation. For informational purposes, we also show the median federal student loan debt and a debt-to-earnings ratio.

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RankNameMedian debt of graduatesMedian annual earningsTotal debt as a % of annual earnings
1Oregon Coast Community College (OR)*131813765135%
2Bay Area Medical Academy (CA)°76493625321%
3Des Moines Area Community College (IA)*93703593326%
4Spokane Community College (WA)*145783442142%
5Century College (MN)*159543419647%
6Central Oregon Community College (OR)*187623393055%
7Wenatchee Valley College (WA)*144633343543%
8Pioneer Pacific College (OR)°140003263743%
9Panola College (TX)*118503254636%
10Front Range Community College (CO)*96333229230%
10South Louisiana Community College (LA)*74181831341%
9Blue Cliff College (LA)°106221825158%
8Baton Rouge Community College (LA)*109151797861%
7South Texas Training Center (TX)°46901701228%
6Garden State Science & Technology Institute (NJ)°69731695541%
5Greenville Technical College (SC)*115531662469%
4Rio Grande Valley College (TX)°79651597750%
3Columbiana County Career & Technical Center (OH)*42521544928%
2Associated Technical College–Los Angeles (CA)°85071514856%
1South Florida Institute of Technology (FL)°28811481619%
* = public
° = for-profit