The Advantage of Community Colleges
Community Colleges are uniquely American in origin. No institution represents opportunity, hope and equality on the same level as the community college. The name itself provides insight into the focal point of these special institutions. There are approximately 1200 community colleges across the United States and they all focus on providing a tailored educational experience that can meet the need of mostly any citizen that attends.
Community colleges can be the gateway to students wanting to gain a higher education credential like a bachelor’s degree by providing transferable degrees and courses for the first two years of a college education.
For individuals wanting to learn a marketable skill that provides them entry into the workforce without spending years at the college or university level, the community college is a great place to start. Most of the registered nurses and health care technicians that an individual encounters when seeking medical care have been educated and trained at community colleges. The majority of emergency workers, whether they be police, fire or EMS/EMT workers have also received their credentials at the community college.
Community colleges also serve the basic literacy needs for adults through basic skills and GED programs. Immigrants seeking to assimilate to American culture and become productive and functioning workers find that the English as a Second Language (ESL) programs at most community colleges are more than adequate at giving them the skills and tools they need to succeed.
It would not be an overstatement to say that the average community college is all things to all people when it comes to education.
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