Community College can be a Path to Success

Sometimes people get stuck in a rut especially with education.  It’s so easy to follow the crowd and tread the familiar path along to University colleges.  Of course, there’s a little more prestige but with that lots more expense. More importantly, often the strict academic courses do little to provide their students with skills to enter the world of work.  Your degree in Italian Romantic Poetry could be incredibly difficult and rewarding but what does it offer a potential employer?

 

Can there be a community college in your region? If that’s the case, you might not understand exactly how blessed you’re. Not only are community schools a wonderful place to begin your school instruction and prepare for transfer to a college, they’re excellent resources for the ones that are looking to boost their own skills and knowledge of work and business interests.

The selection of courses and range of topics available in the community college level provide something of use to nearly anyone. And anyone who thinks that the quality of learning accessible is anything less than topnotch should take a second look.  Also thanks to some impressive investment in the community college network, there are some great facilities available too.  I have sat in a state of the art computer lab watching lectures broadcast from Oxford University in England using a proxy set up to the UK.

With attention being piled on 4-year universities since the brass ring for all those in pursuit of a university education, community schools are becoming a bad rap. Apart from being a place for working professionals and other non-academics to brush up or gain needed knowledge to compete effectively, community schools, as an instance, are responsible for turning out several nursing professionals in the united states.

Instead of programs at universities in which the proportion of teachers to pupils is less positive, the nursing applications in many of states’ community schools are equally, if not more, ambitious.

Bilingual pupils per educator also frequently means a larger quantity of direct clinical experience for nursing students. More hands on experience, even in a two-year associates program can signify a nursing professional more experienced in patient care than a graduate of a 4-year bachelor’s program.

This not to say that a Bachelor’s degree isn’t needed as it usually is for all but administrative positions. The point is that, the value of those initial couple of decades of training at the community college level, is often taken for granted.

Having teachers that are focused on teaching is another highly valuable benefit to starting out in a two-year community program. Taking nothing away from teachers and professors at the university level, there’s a benefit to a student whose teacher isn’t dividing time between teaching, publishing and research. When focused on the student’s achievement exclusively, the extra attention can’t help but benefit the student.

For college bound students who did not do as well in high school as they could have, community college may be a pivotal transition in their college career. The exact same can be said for people who have taken a lengthy sabbatical from upper learning. Classes in giant lecture halls filled with 400 pupils do not exist. Neither does the extremely limited number of teacher/student interaction that’s the norm at many universities.

For the ones that choose not to continue past the two-year associates program, they have the extra plus of those 2 decades and the improved earning potential provided over those with no college experience. And it’s interesting to remember that studies have revealed that people who have completed an associates program at community college and then gone on to a 4-year college are more likely to finish those four decades successfully than a student who went directly to a university.

For those considering an initial stint at a community college, there are some considerations if you’re planning on later attending a bachelor’s program. Make confident the school you anticipate transferring to accepts transfer credits for the particular courses you will take at the 2-year school. Speaking with both the university and a counselor at the community college should help iron out such particulars.

Not every necessary course will be available at each community college. And a few courses aren’t offered every semester or quarter. Plan well in advance to prevent the need to make up classes later.

As wonderful as the chance of community college is (or university for that matter), a student only gets out of it what they put in. However, for people who have the desire to learn, the value is good.

David Sinclair

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