The Landing School is the recipient of the 2009-2010 School of Distinction Award presented by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, the school announced.
The Arundel, Maine-based school will be honored later this month at the accrediting commission's professional development conference in Philadelphia.
The School of Distinction Award "is intended to recognize ACCSC-accredited institutions that have demonstrated a commitment to the expectations and rigors of accreditation, as well as a commitment to delivering quality educational programs," the commission's executive director Michale McComis said in a statement.
The Landing School is enriching its program options this year by granting an Associate of Applied Science degree in marine industry technology to any student who successfully completes two full-time programs plus 15 credits of general education.
More than half of the students in the Class of 2011 are working toward associate's degrees. The Landing School will grant degrees, in addition to diplomas, for the first time at the 33rd annual commencement ceremony on June 11, 2011.
"This is an exciting year for everyone involved with The Landing School, from our students and faculty to our board members and supporters," The Landing School president Barry Acker said in a statement. "We're proud and grateful that ACCSC is recognizing our accomplishments thus far and our dedication to continue improving our institution in the future."