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Community Colleges Help Job Hunters Get Back in the Game

Many of you are starting or returning to a grad program in the Fall, but graduate school isn't the only option out there. An increasing amount of working professionals and laid-off employees are turning to community college courses as a way to remain competitive in an overcrowded job market.

Certificate programs, additional coursework in your current field, or classes in a new field can all increase your career options and make you a more appealing candidate. And since community colleges don’t carry the price tag of four-year universities, you don’t have to sink deep into debt in your quest for knowledge.

Would you consider taking community college courses to further your career or get ahead in the job market?

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GratefulGrl80 GratefulGrl80 6 years
I'm actually moving from the East Coast to San Diego next year for that reason (and also to live closer to my sister). I'm going for my culinary degree, and as a resident you don't pay tuition at CA Community Colleges.
BettyRN BettyRN 6 years
I don't plan to attend a community college, but I know they are way impacted with new students who want to upgrade their qualifications, or change careers altogether. Interestingly, just today 2 co-workers were talking about their husbands returning to community college to go in a different career direction.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 6 years
Yes, and I'm doing it this semester! I'm contemplating changing careers in the next few years, and my community college is a great way to learn more about the field I'm looking at, and also the coursework would be a good addition to my resume if I do eventually go to grad school or change careers. And the impact on my wallet (or lack of, actually) is a beautiful thing. There is no shame in community college - if they offer the right course that will get me ahead, I'll gladly take the opportunity!
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