Community colleges (also known as junior colleges) offer a two–year degree called an associate degree. A student with a strong academic record at a community college can then transfer to a more expensive state or private college for two more years to earn a bachelor’s degree.
However, the second function of community colleges is to prepare students for the job market by offering associate’s degrees in the career and technical areas and entry-level career training. Adult students who want to upgrade their skills for workforce reentry or advancement are also using the offerings of community colleges.
For some, community college is an opportunity to get extra academic guidance and support. Community colleges often have small class sizes. The priority of the faculty is teaching, not research. Plus there are generally lots of support services, such as mentoring programs and organized study groups. The difference in cost between a community college and a four-year university is substantial.
Read what the Washington Post had to say in an article published on June 29, 2015 regarding community colleges: What’s wrong with going to a community college? How two-year colleges can be better than four-year universities.
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How do you feel on your first day of a new semester? If it is your first semester, you are probably very apprehensive. If you are a returning college student, you may be excited or you may be anxious about meeting new people and facing new challenges. In either situation you are probably a bit nervous and full of questions. Your goal, however, is to be successful.
In an article titled, “Top Ten Tips for College Success,” Dr. Sylvia Rimm discusses the exciting and challenging experience of pursuing a college education and lists her tips for being successful in college. Click here to read her article: Top Ten Tips for College.
I especially like her very first tip: Never miss a class. If you had a job and you decided not to show up for work, how successful do you think you would be at that job? It is important to treat college as a job and assume that it is your responsibility to go to class every day!
As we begin a new semester at Richland College, take a minute to read Dr. Rimm’s tips. Then, make a deal with yourself to follow these tips. Your path to success will be easier with a set of guidelines. Write them down and review them often!
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