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story.lead_photo.caption Entrance to the campus of State Technical College of Missouri in Linn.

State Technical College of Missouri welcomed more students this fall than ever before as the school started its new semester Tuesday.

Total enrollment is more than 1,700 students — the most since the college was founded in 1961 and an increase of 15 percent from last year's record-breaking 1,483. This marks the third year in a row State Tech has broken previous years' enrollment numbers.

"State Tech has an incredible value proposition, we get graduates high paying jobs and we do it better than anyone else," State Tech President Shawn Strong said in a news release. "As we say, from the classroom to your career we are the employers' choice."

This record-breaking enrollment comes right on the heels of State Tech being ranked as the best community college in the nation by personal finance website WalletHub out of 710 colleges.

The ranking was based on career outcomes, education outcomes, and cost and financing. Out of 100 possible points, State Tech received 70.09, giving it the first place ranking above second place Arkansas State University at Mountain Home.

In 2018, the school was ranked third-best college by Forbes Magazine.

"Our outstanding relationships with the companies that hire our students will continue to make State Tech 'The Employer's Choice,'" Strong said. "Those same relationships result in an exceptional 99 percent placement rate and makes the choice to attend State Tech an easy decision."

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