There is a common misconception about community colleges that I would like to clear up. Some people are under the impression that community colleges are designed for people who are underachievers, unintelligent, or old. THIS IS NOT THE CASE!!
Community colleges offer more affordable ways to take the same classes that four-year institutions offer. For example, in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, Tidewater Community College offers students the opportunity to take classes and then transfer the credit to any Virginia college or university: “From here, go anywhere.” Students who attend TCC and other community colleges like TCC have the chance to take their basic undergraduate courses (the basic math, science, PE, social studies, English, etc.) that are required for Bachelor’s Degrees. They then work with you to transfer those credits to any college you want to go to. Not all credits do transfer to all colleges, but in the long run losing one or two classes out of twenty isn’t a bad break. In fact, some students achieve their Associate’s Degree while attending community college, and then transfer to a four year institution to complete their Bachelor’s Degree two years later. If nothing else this could help students get jobs before completing four years of college.
Truth be told, there are a lot of people who go to community colleges for stereotypical reasons. Not everybody is a driven individual looking for increased opportunity. But then again, there are also those that attend four year institutions that are not necessarily there for the education.
I stand a proud graduate of a community college, having earned my Associate’s Degree of Science in the summer of 2010. I have continued my education at a state university where I expect to graduate next spring with a Bachelor’s Degree. Community College opened new doors for me in terms of school, personal growth, and achievement. It also provided me the opportunity to pay my own way through college while working part time, and that to me was worth it if nothing else was. I highly recommend any student start with two years at a community college until they find their way in the world.
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