Courses in College

Be inspired by the gamut of community college courses, from the arts to technical training. This section will cover everything from remedial classes to continuing education. Community colleges offer courses for youth and teens, individuals looking for a new hobby or skill, or those behind bars looking for a second chance.

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A to Z of Community College Certificates and Courses

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A to Z of Community College Certificates and Courses
From business and healthcare to technology and skilled trades, the article showcases the breadth of options available to students seeking to enhance their knowledge, develop new skills, or pursue career advancement.
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U.S. community colleges offer a wide range of courses and certificate programs to cater to diverse educational and career goals. As I researched this article, I was impressed by the wealth of large and small programs our community colleges offer. I also understand the intricate process each college requires to provide a course. No esoteric or useless courses or certificates exist in a community college catalog. Furthermore, community college instructors are specialists. These experienced, credentialled adjunct faculty have state-of-the-art knowledge of their subject. And they are eager to share it with you. So, whether you are in your 50s and have been laid off after working for the same company for 20 years or are a young person exploring your options after graduating from high school, review all the possibilities your community college offers.

Workforce development and economic development are inextricably linked,Wallace said. If we are going to be successful in expanding the economy of our region and raising per capita income levels of our residents, we will have to be extremely good at leveraging the education-to-earnings pipeline. Employers must be involved in all facets of their prospective employees’ educational journey. Source: Community College Daily

Why attend a community college?

Some attend community college to obtain a two-year degree before transferring to a four-year college. There are several reasons for this. The first is the cost savings. Community colleges typically have much lower tuition and fees than four-year institutions, allowing students to save money in their

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How to Craft the Perfect Class Schedule

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How to Craft the Perfect Class Schedule
College is a time to explore new things and to think about where your future is going to take you. To make the most of it, be realistic about choosing your classes but don't forget to leave room for new challenges.

Starting college is an exciting time. The world is full of new possibilities, and you can’t begin imagining the future. When starting community college, getting caught up in the excitement is easy, but you need to maintain a certain degree of practicality. For instance, you shouldn’t just load up your class schedule with fun electives and “blow-off” classes if you want to graduate on time. Here are some tips for crafting the perfect class schedule that is the ideal mix of fun and functional.

Things to Consider Before Choosing Classes

Depending on your community college, you may facemany class options, perhaps a full book. It's not the same as choosing classes in high school. While it may be tempting to skim through the class list and pick the ones that interest you, be realistic about your choices. The number of classes you choose is just as important as the types of classes you choose. Only you can know how much you can handle when it comes to your class load, so don’t be afraid to challenge yourself with a bit of hard work, but be realistic about how much time you have for studying and homework without completely sacrificing all of your free time. Different students learn and work at different rates, so be aware of your abilities and limitations and consider those things when scheduling classes.

Hailey Dollar offers some advice on picking classes in the following video.

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Healthcare Careers: Pathway To Medical School

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Healthcare Careers: Pathway To Medical School
If you are considering medical school, you may be wondering how your application could be impacted by attending community college. Learn more about the pros and cons of community college degrees for med school applications.

There are many benefits associated with attending community college versus going to a traditional college or university. For one thing, tuition tends to be much more affordable at a community college and there is often greater flexibility in terms of taking classes online, at night, or in different locations. When it comes to certain career paths like medicine, however, having a degree or college credits from a community college can sometimes be a problem. Keep reading to learn more about getting into medical school with a community college degree.

What are the Prerequisites for Medical School?

Many students who know that they plan to pursue a career in medicine choose a pre-med degree or concentration with their undergraduate schooling. You can certainly get into med school with other degrees, but you do need to have certain prerequisites if you want your application to be considered. Each school may be slightly different but the general prerequisite requirements and recommendations for medical school are as follows:

  • One year each of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics
  • Related lab work for each of the courses listed above
  • Knowledge of healthcare issues and volunteering and awareness of healthcare activities
  • Well-rounded experience with electives and extracurricular activities

In addition to these requirements and recommendations, you should think about what kind of degree you will pursue in undergrad if you don’t go pre-med. Science majors are the most common in medical school but many medical schools express an interest in well-rounded students by taking applicants from

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Are Online Courses Better Than Traditional Classroom Courses?

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Are Online Courses Better Than Traditional Classroom Courses?
In today's age of modern technology, a large portion of education occurs online. But are online courses better than classroom courses? What are the differences?

Community colleges offer a wide array of benefits over traditional colleges and universities. Not only do community colleges appeal to a large variety of students, but they cater to different learning styles as well with the availability of online courses as well as traditional classroom courses. But how do online courses really compare?

How Prevalent is Online Learning?

According to a 2014 survey, approximately 46% of college students are taking at least one online course and it is estimated that at least half of all college classes will be offered online by 2019. Not only is online learning a benefit for community college students, but large corporations are also starting to use e-learning as a training method. Even graduate students are taking advantage of online options to pursue their degrees. According to an article published by U.S. News, of an estimated 2.9 million graduate students in the United States, more than 20% of them study exclusively online – that number of closer to 11% for undergraduates. Online learning is increasing in popularity each year and the disparity in quality between the two options grows ever smaller. In fact, many students have admitted that they do not see a significant difference in the quality or depth of education they received through online courses and that they received from traditional classroom courses.

What Benefits do Online Courses Offer Students?

Some students simply learn better when they have time to peruse the material themselves outside of a classroom environment. This

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Why Should You Take Elective Courses at Community College?

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Why Should You Take Elective Courses at Community College?
Many degree programs require students to take electives but what are the pros and cons of elective courses?

When it comes to taking college classes, a certain degree of planning and forethought is required. Different schools have different requirements to earn a degree, and most colleges do not offer all required courses every semester. This is why you must be very careful about planning your course selection to ensure you get all the credits and core classes you need.

Core classes are the main part of any degree, but most colleges – both community colleges and universities – also require their students to take some elective courses. In some cases, students are required to take electives from certain categories, but the beauty of elective courses is that you can choose which ones to take. However, even if your degree does not require any electives, you should still consider taking some because they can be very valuable for your education.

This video offers advice on how to choose your electives.

What Are Elective Courses?

The courses you must take for your degree are typically referred to as core classes. These are the classes that every student must take to receive that particular degree. Elective classes are extra classes that may count toward your degree but may not be directly related to the degree program you are in. You might choose to take elective courses that complement your degree or use them to explore another subject you think you might like.

This

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Courses in College

REMEDIAL EDUCATION
60% of community college students need remedial courses. This section covers the classes and new developments to help students who need remedial coursework. Learn why the gap exists, how schools are combatting it and what you can do to avoid remedial classes. Get tips on mastering college math, learn what you can do to prevent repeating a class and hear what the experts have to say about remedial class placement.
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SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES
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FUN & ELECTIVE CLASSES
Community colleges offer a gamut of fun and interesting classes, and we give ideas that may strike inspiration for your elective choices. Learn homesteading skills, study paranormal investigating, or earn a scuba diving certificate all at a community college near you. This sections identifies some of the fun non-credit courses available at your local campus.
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Studying Ghosts: Paranormal Investigation Courses at Community College
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Choosing Electives for a Rounded Education
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Earn Your Scuba Diving Certification at Your Local Community College
CONTINUING EDUCATION
Community colleges are filled with continuing education opportunities. Whether you are looking for a resume booster, new skills to earn a promotion or want to earn your degree while incarcerated, community college may be a good choice for you.
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