Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal, unveiled this week, proposes several initiatives meant to minimize the expense and time connected with earning faculty credentials. Each of these has a significant role for the state’s community colleges.
They bring welcome public consciousness of the value. We’re uniquely positioned to meet two of Ohio’s urgent challenges: workforce needs that are unmet and increasing student debt.
Focused completely on teaching, community colleges help students achieve their targets.
Community colleges are simply cheaper: a child born now may face a bill of thousands of dollars for a traditional university education. People who adopt a “2 2” strategy, in which students finish the initial two years at a community college where the costs really are a portion of these at universities, and transfer to universities for their final couple of years, have drastically lower costs.
We are aligned with companies’ needs: Hiring pools have hampered Ohio companies. Community college programs are developed in real time through close cooperation with companies. They often use more work related technology for instance, rather than dedicated education based resources. They’ll typically use industry standard programming languages, office software and tools like these for everyday tasks.
We’re built to improve professions: Students who earn certificates or associate degrees at community colleges are stepping into occupations in IT, health care, advanced insurance, manufacturing and fiscal services as well as other fields with starting wages of $50,000 or more. Many come seeking new skills to help them compete in today’s economy.
Crucially, community colleges pair affordability with great results for grads. The Educational Advisory Board wrote, “More so than just about any other institution type, two-year colleges have formed long-standing and heavy cooperation with high schools, industry, government, and universities, putting two-year colleges in a unique position to forge new pupil pathways from cradle to career.”
Students may graduate into the state strong market able to pursue their professions, unburdened by the crushing debt of student loans by taking advantage of the community college system in Ohio