When deciding which college to attend after high school, it is important that you understand that you have many options. You can consider attending a four-year college or university, a trade or technical school, or perhaps a community college. The best way to decide is to think about what type of career or college experience will be best for you. Consider asking yourself, do I want to have the traditional college experience? Do I want to live at home? Is money an issue? Are my grades good enough to get me into my dream school? Am I interested in a specific trade? If you answered yes to all of these questions, a community college might be a great option for you.
So what is a community college? And what degrees or educational opportunities do they offer?
A community college is a two-year, higher education institution that provides you with a multitude of options. You can work toward earning a two-year associate’s degree in various areas, such as nursing, business, computer science and much more! Or you can earn a certificate in a specific trade or area of study, like welding, emergency medical technician, or even Spanish. And, of course, you can transfer to a four-year university so you can earn a bachelor’s degree, or it can simply be a way to enrich your knowledge about anything you might be interested in.
Now that you know what you can study at a community college, here are some additional reasons why a community college might be a good fit for you:
- Location: Community colleges tend to be more local, therefore allowing you to live at home with your family (keep in mind that this can vary from state to state and city to city). This might be a good option for you, if are not ready to leave home. Click here to locate a community college near you.
- Cost: Community colleges are also relatively inexpensive. If you are looking to cut some costs in attending college, this can be a good option.
- Grades: Anyone can attend a community college for the most part, but if you are a student who didn’t do so well in high school, this can be a great second chance for you to prepare to attend your dream college.
If you are still unsure if the community college route is right for you, check out the following resources about community colleges:
- Fast Facts on Community Colleges
- Notable Community College Alumni
- College Board’s perspective on “Why Community College”
Also, check out my past blog on “Transfer Success”, a post that provides you with tips on transferring successfully from a community college to a four-year school.
I personally attended a community college and then transferred to work toward my bachelor’s degree. That being said, do you have any questions about how this experience was for me?