SCC’s Online IT Degrees Ranked #5 in the Nation

SCC’s Online IT Degrees Ranked #5 in the Nation

Albemarle, NC - Stanly Community College’s (SCC) Information Technology Business Support (IT-BS) and Information Technology Network Management (IT-NM) online degrees ranked Number 5 in the nation for best value and quality, according to a recent report by Affordable Colleges (

“As a small college, the instructional quality provided by our technology faculty and the low cost of attaining an associate degree are the factors that have given SCC the recognition and accolades of ranking Number 5 in the U.S.,” noted Rita Chrane, Associate Dean of Computer Technologies.

Affordable Colleges also reports that “as of 2016, 41.8 million Americans have outstanding student loan debt totaling over $1.2 trillion dollars. That’s an average of approximately $28,700 per individual.”

Individuals can earn their IT-BS or IT-NM degrees through SCC’s seated and/or online programs, and these degrees are economical, student-friendly alternatives to spending big money at the universities. For example, tuition at SCC is around $2,432; at an NC public university it is around $6,407; and some private colleges in North Carolina cost more than $30,000 a year, according to

Job growth in our region for both of these fields is growing and with a good salary. EMSI data (a CareerBuilder company) reports employment growth for the IT Business field will reach 6,537 jobs by 2026, with a medium salary currently at $25.80 per hour; and job growth for the IT Network Management field will reach over 5,600, with a median salary at $34.61 per hour.

Stanly Community College is a good choice for an online education. Scholarships and financial aid are available for those who qualify.