Academy for Careers and Technology
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Academy for Careers and Technology is in a rural area that is a just a few miles from an urban area.
Address
2697 E Hwy 76
Mullins, SC 29574
www.mcact.org
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Programs offered by this school
Size corresponds to the number of graduates and color indicates field of study
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
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Programs
This chart shows the number of graduates at all levels in the years shown for each discipline group. Look for a school with steady enrollment and focus in the areas that interest you most.
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Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Award Levels
1-2 Year Certificate
Quick Facts
Institutional Control
Academy for Careers and Technology is a public organization.
Undergraduate Students
Accreditation
caution
Accreditation provides important oversight over a school's instructional practices and institutional stability.
We cannot identify an accreditation record for Academy for Careers and Technology. It is important for you to verify that this school is accredited before you attend.
Student Attention
Context: Freshman satisfaction
Do most freshman choose to return for a sophomore year?
Context: Students per full-time instructor
Full-time faculty are mostly likely to be on campus and available for interaction, and to craft up-to-date courses and programs.
Context: Instructional expenditures per student
Although spending is not a guarantee of a good classroom experience, high spending can hint at a priority placed on quality in the classroom.
Students on campus
Study Types
All students are full-time. No students take distance education courses.
Full-time
100%
Online classes
0%
Context: Student body size
Academy for Careers and Technology has 44 students.
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Graduation Rate
All undergraduate students are full-time. In the last reporting year, 65% of full-time first-time students received a degree within 150% of the expected time for completion.
65%
Time to complete
On time
50% more time
Context: Graduation rate
These numbers reflect the percentage of full-time first-time students who graduate with a 2-year degree or certificate within 3 years.
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student race/origin
Academy for Careers and Technology reports that 80% of students are minority, which is more than 99% of the context schools. This school's 0 of international students is near the middle proportion of international students within the context schools.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Hispanic
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student gender
Is the gender balance of Academy for Careers and Technology students important to you? You can see the breakdown in this donut chart. For many context groups, the balance is not 50-50, so be sure to check out the context chart below.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage of women
With 95% women students, Academy for Careers and Technology has a higher percentage of women than 85% of context schools.
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Undergraduate Student Satisfaction and Success
Student Satisfaction
Context: Percentage of students who return after their first year

If students come back for a second year, that suggests they are satisfied and able to succeed. The schools with satisfied freshmen should score above that dark gray 50% mark.

100%0%20%40%60%80%100%Full-time
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Academy for Careers and Technology cannot offer federal student loans
We do not have data on loan repayments for this school. Although students can receive federal student loans through Academy for Careers and Technology, it seems that very few students typically require loans. In the most recent reporting year, no full-time freshmen took out federal loans.
Context: Need met for degree-seeking undergraduate students
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This school provides only limited data on graduation rates and loan repayment. You might want to reach out to the school to see if they can provide evidence of student success. There are laws requiring the reporting of graduation rates and student loan repayment history to help to warn you if there may be problems. However, newer schools may not yet have that data and it's difficult for potential students to know if they will be safe.
Classroom Quality
Student attention at Academy for Careers and Technology

Schools are required to report the ratio of students per instructor, but look for a small number of students for every full-time instructor as your best indicator of personal attention and a modern well-integrated curriculum.

Context: Number of students per instructor
1110020406080Full-time inst.Any inst.
Full-time and long-term instructors at Academy for Careers and Technology
Full-time faculty are mostly likely to be on campus and available for interaction, and to craft up-to-date courses and programs. Academy for Careers and Technology has 100% full-time instructors, and 89% of the context schools have a lower percentage of full-time faculty. Faculty with multi-year contracts provide additional stability and commitment to the school and its students. Within the full-time instructors at Academy for Careers and Technology, none have multi-year employment contracts. Of the context schools, only 29% have instructors with multi-year contracts.
Full-time instructors
100%
Long-term instructors
0%
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Student Body
Which students comprise the campus?

Who might be attending school with you? We'll look at what degrees most students have received, whether they are on campus or online, a little about their path, and the overall student body size. Our aim is to give some idea of what the campus culture might be.

See what degrees have been awarded

This donut chart shows you what degrees were awarded by Academy for Careers and Technology last year, and gives you a good idea of this school's focus. Make sure this school's focus matches your goals.

1-2 Year Certificate
What percentage of students are online and not on campus?

There are performance problems with many online-focused schools -- you can read about this in an Ididio case study, but you may want some online options to give you greater flexibility.

Fall enrollment
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No online courses
Some courses online
All courses online
Where are the other undergraduate students in their studies?

You will be most happy at a school with a large number of students who are like you, whether that's someone who enters right out of high school, or someone who is transferring, or someone who isn't ready to work towards a degree.

Degree-seeking: first-time
Degree-seeking: continuing
Degree-seeking: transfer-in
Non-degree-seeking
Student body size

Another breakdown that can help is a view of the student body size. Here we show student counts, including part-time versus full-time students. If the proportion of students that best describes you is relatively small, then is it possible that another school might be better-prepared to meet your needs?

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Part-time
Full-time
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Freshman residences

A high proportion of international and out-of-state students speaks to reputation and offers an opportunity for diverse interactions in and out of class.

Freshman residence
In-state
Out-of-state
International
Not Reported
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Residence in context
Residence over time
Freshman residences in context
How does the geographic diversity at Academy for Careers and Technology compare to the context group?
90%3%7%0%20%40%60%80%100%Out-of-stateNot ReportedIn-state
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Student race/origin

The NPR article A Campus More Colorful Than Reality: Beware That College Brochure emphasizes the importance of judging a school's diversity based on solid data as promotional materials are eager to suggest a multicultural student body.

Student race is only categorized for non-international students, and international students are listed separately.

Race/Origin
White
Black
Hispanic
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Race/Origin in context
Race/origin over time
Context: Student race/origin
Here we offer some context as we compare diversity at Academy for Careers and Technology with that of the current context group.
78%20%2%0%20%40%60%80%100%Pacific IslanderAsianAmerican IndianMultiracialNot ReportedInternationalHispanicWhiteBlack
Student age distribution

The age distribution at a school can tell you a lot about its mission. If you're looking for a traditional undergraduate experience, you may prefer to see students who are mostly younger than 25 (lighter shades), but if you want support as a returning student, a large number of students 25 and older (darker shades) may better suit your needs.

Age range
22-24
25-29
30-34
35-39
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Age in context
Age over time
Context: Age distribution
Seeing the age distribution in context lets us evaluate the focus at Academy for Careers and Technology compared to the focus for the context schools.
15%21%33%31%0%10%20%30%40%65 and over50-6440-4935-3930-3425-2922-2420-2118-19Under 18
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Student gender distribution
The donut shows the gender breakdown for students at Academy for Careers and Technology.
Why are genders so rarely 50-50?

There are multiple outside factors that can affect the gender balance of students recruited by schools. As an example, within less-affluent families higher education is more frequently attained by women than by men, a phenomenon explored in the Atlantic. Therefore, schools serving lower-income populations may be more likely to see a gender imbalance. On the other hand, some colleges may offer predominantly degrees that are stereotypically associated with a single gender, affecting the ratio of men to women accordingly.

Gender
Men
Women
Choose how to look at gender
Gender in context
Gender over time
Context: Gender Balance
It is very difficult for many types of schools to achieve a gender balance, and this context is valuable in evaluating the balance at Academy for Careers and Technology.
5%95%0%20%40%60%80%100%MenWomen
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Admissions
Open Admissions
Academy for Careers and Technology is an open admissions school and accepts any student who applies.
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Campus overview
Disciplinary actions and crime at Academy for Careers and Technology

Check out the number of disciplinary actions (implemented within the school) and arrests (implemented by law enforcement external to the school).

Disciplinary Actions
2014201520162017201801
Liquor Violations
Drug Violations
Weapon Possessions
Context: Disciplinary Actions
0.5%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.2%0.4%0.6%0.8%1.0%Average number of disciplinary violoations as a percentage of students
Arrests
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Liquor Violations
Drug Violations
Weapon Possessions
Context: Arrests
0.64%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.20%0.40%0.60%0.80%Average number of arrests as a percentage of students

There are very few offenses classified as criminal at most schools. For clarity, we omitted statistics for the most rare crimes, such as murder or manslaughter, and combined sex-related crimes (whose precise names and definitions have changed over time) as well as burglaries and robberies.

Criminal Offenses
2014201520162017201801
Burglaries/Robberies
Sex Offenses
Vehicle Thefts
Aggrevated Assaults
Context: Criminal Offenses
0.510%0.000%0.000%0.000%0.000%0.200%0.400%0.600%Average number of criminal offenses as a percentage of students
No Student Housing Available

This school does not report any housing for students.

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School finances
Academy for Careers and Technology: What its budget can tell you about classroom quality

Where a school spends and collects its money can suggest a lot about the educational experience it offers. The tabs below offer a look at spending that is important for the quality of your experience if you attend.

Choose Classroom aspect
Instructional spending
Student services spending
Context and trends: Instructional expenditures per student

Instructional expenses are primarily the salary and benefits paid to the heart of a school: its full-time instructors. High expenditures in this area suggest care in hiring enough highly qualified full-time faculty to provide personal attention and up-to-date subject-area excellence.

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Chart explanation
Academy for Careers and Technology
On the blue curve, we see how the instructional expenses per student at Academy for Careers and Technology have changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the instructional expenses per student for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
All values have been adjusted for inflation. Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Does Academy for Careers and Technology have stable finances?
You want to attend schools that can meet their annual expenses, and have other indicators of strong financial health.
Should this school's stability matter to you?

The main focus in this section is an analysis of the financial stability of Academy for Careers and Technology. However, as a public institution, Academy for Careers and Technology doesn't follow the same rules of survival as private institutions. Even if a public college or university closes, we think it's highly likely that you would be presented with multiple good options for transferring your credits fully at a different state institution. The only measure that we believe is likely to impact you is a high dependence on state appropriations.

Choose budget aspect
Core operating margin
Government appropriations
Tuition dependence
Context and trends: Government appropriations as a percentage of all revenue

Appropriations are monies provided by local, state, or federal governments generally intended to be applied towards annual operating expenses -- your tax dollars at work! Such state-level funding is what makes public institutions affordable for in-state students. If a school has a high proportion of its budget from appropriations, then it is especially vulnerable to the whims of the government. If you want to see an example of this, check out the public schools in Illinois, whose elected officials decided they wanted to drastically reduce spending on education. The context schools here consist only of public and private-not-for profit schools; for-profit institutions do not report on this category of funding.

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Chart explanation
Academy for Careers and Technology
On the blue curve, we see how the percentage of revenue from government appropriations at Academy for Careers and Technology has changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the percentage of revenue from government appropriations for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Does incoming revenue consistently cover expenses?

Academy for Careers and Technology is a public school. Along with private not-for-profit schools, publicly-controlled schools do not have the goal of annual profit, but they do want to have healthy finances with adequate revenue to meet all expenses. On the other hand, private for-profit schools have creating a profit for shareholders as an annual goal.

Total revenue and expenses by category

We divided revenue and expenses for Academy for Careers and Technology into categories to give some insight to what may have influenced peaks and ditches in the chart above. The purple shades correspond most directly to student education. The blue shades, auxiliary expenses and revenue, are often related to room and board. We show investment gains and losses in apricot.

201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$2M$4M$6MRevenue$0$2M$4M$6MExpense
Tuition and fees revenue
Government appropriations etc.
Private and capital gifts
Instructional expenses
Student services expenses
The power of a large endowment

Related to the previous question of whether the annual revenue stream is stable is the question, "How deep are this school's pockets?" For many schools, a major source of annual income is investment growth. Schools with large endowments have a built-in revenue stream, although you'll see in the accompanying graphs that this revenue stream is highly dependent on the nation's economy. You can choose how to examine the depth of Academy for Careers and Technology's resources by selecting from the buttons below.

Net Assets Per Student

Here we examine assets at Academy for Careers and Technology in context, and it seems most fair to adjust for the size of the institution. We examine the assets per full-time-equivalent student so that we level the playing field for size.

There's a catch to these assets, though. Many gifts to a school's endowment have strings attached; the money is restricted to a specific purpose. Assets shown in green below are unrestricted, and are very important to a school's ability to meet its financial obligations. Some assets are the land and buildings that a school must have in order to function, and these may appear as green (unrestricted assets) but are nonetheless less helpful in meeting annual financial commitments. This look at assets is only a piece of the puzzle as we decide if a school is stable.

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Restricted net assets
Unrestricted net assets
Context: 2018 net assets per student
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