Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The New Face of Community College
Yes? Me too!
As a proud graduate of San Mateo Community College I sometimes find it offensive that the media and pop culture continually bash community colleges and so does AccreditedOnlineColleges.com.
According to the authors of "The New Face of Community College," enrollment is exploding at community colleges for a variety of reasons including cost and quality of education.
Community colleges boast some of the best faculty and state of the art facilities offering an education at a price that is easier on the wallet than most four-year institutions.
What do today's community colleges have to offer?
>Partnerships with local businesses.
>Training for high-demand but specialized jobs.
>Lower tuition costs.
>Help for the middle class.
>Many of the same amenities as four-year colleges.
>A cheaper path to a four-year degree.
>An increasingly diverse student body.
But there are still some problems with community colleges. Open admissions leads to an underprepared student body and lower retention rates. Those of you trying to sign up for classes know what a scramble it can be to get those required courses.
For those of you attending community college your first two years could cost you less (thereby reducing or avoiding student loan debt) and take you just as far in your overall college plan.
So why did you choose community college?