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
BEST
1Saint Paul College (MN)*113574703524%
2Asnuntuck Community College (CT)*62954637414%
3Elite Welding Academy LLC (OH)°76844521217%
4Chippewa Valley Technical College (WI)*125184495128%
5Hennepin Technical College (MN)*206504480546%
6Hawkeye Community College (IA)*107914472124%
7Northeast Iowa Community College (IA)*66384454515%
8Mesabi Range College (MN)*133644422930%
9St. Cloud Technical and Community College (MN)*87894420220%
10Dunwoody College of Technology (MN)92084404221%
WORST
10Northwest Mississippi Community College (MS)*40602476216%
9Houston Community College (TX)*134382414156%
8Lewis and Clark Community College (IL)*42612411018%
7All-State Career School–Pittsburgh (PA)°110232328547%
6Compass Career College (LA)°76002317633%
5Baton Rouge Community College (LA)*106562304846%
4Hinds Community College (MS)*67722260630%
3Hohokus School of Trade and Technical Sciences (NJ)°62142240128%
2Copiah-Lincoln Community College (MS)*32632198215%
1Philadelphia Technician Training (PA)89521737852%
* = public
° = for-profit