OnSugar blogger the college mom gives the lowdown on why community colleges are great choices for busy adults.
Community colleges are a phenomenal educational choice for busy adults. Classes are offered at various times, you can often find one close to home and the price is usually much less expensive than four-year institutions. Some people may worry that the quality of education is not as high at community colleges as that of traditional schools, but the truth is, the majority of community colleges require similar accreditation to four-year schools. And if you're looking for a specialized degree in a technical or industrial field, the education received at community colleges is often top-notch, offering the newest equipment, devices and technology.
In addition, a community college education is versatile. Working with your academic adviser, you'll be able to choose liberal arts courses that should transfer seamlessly to the four-year school of your choice. If you're not planning to obtain a Bachelor's degree, community colleges offer numerous Associate degrees and certificate programs that can open the doors to the career path you're looking for. As a former community college academic adviser, I may be a little biased, but I truly believe that community colleges provide excellent educational options to the community, particularly to adult students.
Here are some quick facts about community colleges from The American Association of Community Colleges:
- As of January 2011, there are 1,167 community colleges in the U..S.
- During fall semester 2008, 12.4 million students attended community college - 40% full-time, 60% part-time.
- In the 2007 - 2008 academic year, the average age of community college students was 28, with 45% being between the ages of 22 - 39 and 15% who were 40 and older.
- In the fall of 2008, 58% of community college students were women.
- As of fall 2008, community college students made up 44% of all U.S. undergraduates.
- In the 2007 - 2008 academic year, community college students received 46% of financial aid.
- The average academic year tuition for in-district community colleges in 2007 - 2008 was $2,713 compared to $7,605 for in-state, public 4-year schools.
The figures show that community colleges are a popular choice for a great number of students pursuing higher education. It's likely you'll find people just like you with common interests attending these institutions. The education is affordable, with financial aid that is available. Why not schedule a visit to your local community college and see if it's the right fit for you?