Why to consider a community college

High school students looking at four-year college options should consider a community college, writes Owen Sutkowski, director of the Transfer Resource Center at Central Piedmont Community College, in USA Today. While most know community colleges charge much less than four-year schools, there are other benefits:

1. The small college feel with the resources of a university is a campus experience many students seek. Community college classes are commonly less than 50 students and many campuses are the same size as a small private four-year college. . . .

2. Connecting to and networking with professionals in the field continues to open doors for internships and interviews. Many professors at two-year colleges work directly in their field . . . .

3. The ability to transfer from a community college to obtain a bachelor’s degree can be a seamless transition. Many states offer guaranteed acceptance into a public four-year college for students who complete an associate’s degree at a community college. . . .

4. Community colleges offer a variety of hands on experiences for students to apply the skills they learn in the classroom. Many classes have required internships, co-ops and other valuable experiences that get students out and into the field. Two-year colleges also work to build relationships with businesses in the area so students can work with companies while still in class. . . .

5. The ability to earn a credential or certificate in as little as one semester means students can get into their professional field of interest sooner, rather than later. Many two-year college students earn several credentials on their way to an associate’s degree . . .

On the negative side:  Because so many students are part-timers, there may not be a “college feel” on campus. It’s hard to network with adjunct professors because they’re not around much. The “seamless” transfer is not always a reality. Many community colleges can’t offer enough classes to meet student demand.


POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON February 3, 2011

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Probably because the old path still dominates at name-brand private colleges and they continue to be the prism through which so much of higher education is viewed. American elites whether in education politics business or the media tend to focus on a small number of elite institutions and ignore the large number of institutions where the vast majority of college students are enrolled says Terry Hartle senior vice president of the American Council on Education a higher-ed advocacy and research group based in Washington D.C. But to get an idea of scale consider this If you add up the undergraduate students at all of the Ivy League colleges you get about 60 000. Then compare that with the roughly 40 000 undergraduate students just at Ohio State Universitys main campus.

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