Use this introduction to the community college world to explore and learn more about these invaluable institutions of higher learning. The state and local authorities have established the community college in your area to serve you and your needs and requirements. Whether you are considering a career change or just finishing high school, the courses and programs your community college offers will help you reach your goals. Community colleges do this at a reasonable cost, too. So, scroll through my community college alphabet and click on the links for more detailed information about an entry.
A - Associate Degrees
An academic degree requiring approximately two years of classes and about 70 credits, the Associate Degree typically is the next academic step after graduating from high school. It can be an end in its own right or a bridge to a four-year degree at a college or university.
B - Budget-Friendly Education
Paying for your college education is a big concern for most of us. Most community colleges charge less for tuition than 4-year colleges and universities. Moreover, you don't have to pay for room and board, as you will probably continue to live at home. Community colleges also offer financial aid. Several states and some leaders at the federal level have proposed tuition-free community college. Tennessee, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and California offer eligible students tuition waivers or substantial financial aid.
C - Career Technical Education (CTE)