- Why High School Students Should Take Community College Classes
- New Survey Shows Community College Students Feel Unprepared for the Rigors of Higher Education
- Middle Schoolers at Community Colleges: Why the Students are Getting Younger
- Graduate from Community College Before High School
- Gateway to College Program Helping High School Dropouts Nationwide
The recent survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Pearson Foundation in August and September, 2011. The survey polled 1,205 community college students on various issues regarding school, including ease of getting necessary courses and the level of difficult of college-level coursework compared to high school classes. The results of the survey have been published at the websites for both Pearson Foundation and Harris Interactive. A number of news sources have reported on the findings as well.
Preparation Lacking for Students Entering Community College
What is the Talent Search Program?
According to the Ed.gov website, the Talent Search Program is designed to help disadvantaged youth who show the potential to succeed in postsecondary education. This program identifies youth that fall into this category and provides them with the financial, career and academic support they need to succeed in high school and beyond. Talent Search also looks for individuals who have not yet completed their secondary or postsecondary education and provides necessary resources to encourage those individuals to return to the world of academia to earn their high school equivalency and a postsecondary degree or certificate.
- Aptitude assessments and counseling to prepare students for the rigors of college
- Mentoring and tutorial programs to come alongside students and help them succeed
- Counseling services to assist students with financial challenges that might arise
- Career exploration resources to help students plan for their futures
- Information about various postsecondary options available
- Alternative education options for those returning to finish their secondary education
What is Gateway to College?
The Gateway to College program began at Portland Community College in 2000 as a means to help high school dropouts bridge the gap in their educational careers. According to the Gateway to College website, the program helps students earn their high school diplomas and community college credits simultaneously, setting them on a path to completing not only high school, but college as well. Since its humble beginnings more than a decade ago, Gateway to College has grown to a nationwide network that includes 30 colleges in 16 states and more than 100 school districts across the country.