Panola College earned a spot in the top 10 ranking of Digital Community Colleges in the most recent survey and competition, tying for ninth place in the small college category of schools with under 5,000 students.

Allen West, Panola College director of information technology, made the announcement in April. The winners were notified by e.Republic's Center for Digital Education.

Now in its 10th year, the survey analyzes how community colleges use digital technologies to improve services to students, faculty, staff and the community at large. Findings include: 58 percent support student job placement through online resume-building tools, 43 percent have strategies in place for the use of mobile devices, and 81 percent use cloud computing services as a cost savings measure.

"Technology is being used on campuses and in lecture halls to lower costs and improve student outcomes," said Alan Cox, senior vice president for the Center for Digital Education.

The Center for Digital Education is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insight to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century.

For more information and a complete listing of colleges that earned distinction, visit the Digital Community Colleges Survey 2014-2015.