The Chronicle of Higher Education has once again recognized Salina Area Technical College for having among the highest graduation rates among two-year colleges in the United States.

The Chronicle’s annual Almanac edition ranked Salina Tech second in the nation among two-year colleges for its graduation rate of 72.6 percent.

In all, 847 two-year colleges were included in the rankings, and the average graduation rate nationwide was just 25.1 percent. Of the top 25 colleges in the ranking, five were technical colleges in Kansas.

This is the third time in recent years that Salina Tech has ranked in the top ten in the Chronicle’s graduation rate statistics; two years ago Salina Tech was ranked ninth in the nation, and last year it was ranked fifth.