Most people don’t want to enroll in community colleges. They think that it is just for those who have no ambitions of getting high paying jobs. There is also a stereotype that these colleges are only for low-income families and have no chances of climbing up the economic ladder. The truth is that you are missing a lot of opportunities just because you don’t take a closer look at the advantages of enrolling in community colleges.
Save a lot of money
Those who have decided to enroll in big universities usually end up in thousands of dollars in debts upon graduation. It takes years or even decades before they repay their student loans. On the other hand, community colleges can offer as low as $1,000 for in-state tuition. You are getting education but at a much lower investment. You might also land a great job considering the skills you have learned in class.
Another reason for enrolling in a community college is that the schedule is pretty flexible. You are able to learn at your own pace. This means that if you are working and studying at the same time, then it is perfectly fine. You won’t be placed under too much pressure in balancing your time.
For those who really can’t afford even the low tuition fees in community colleges, there is nothing to worry about. Federal student loans are also extended to community college students as long as they push through with the courses taken and not drop out along the way.
A stepping stone
Just because you have decided to go for a community college does not mean you can’t go to universities anymore. The truth is that there are community colleges offering programs where the courses you have taken may be credited if you later on decide to enroll in state or private universities. These courses are considered complementary to the courses you may take in universities. Hence, they are credited. This means that you only need a few more years to get a college degree. It also means fewer expenses.
Another thing that you need to understand is that community colleges are also working hard to provide students with the same experiences as those who are in private universities. They also offer dormitories for those who wish to stay on-campus. They also provide extracurricular activities so that students will enjoy beyond the 4 walls of the classroom. It is like getting the same services, but at a much lower price.
In fact, it is even better for community colleges. Due to the low number of enrollees, there are only a few students enrolled in the class. It means that if you need more assistance from your mentor, then you will be given more attention. Other universities have a very big class size. This is why not all students are given attention. As a result, they end up failing the course and may have to retake it. This means additional expenses.
You must not think that you won’t get better job opportunities just because you decide to enroll in a community college. In fact, you may also get a shot. Not only are those who have postgraduate degrees given the chance to work for big tech companies. Even those who have received certificates from community colleges to prove their skills, also receive the same opportunity. Ultimately, it is how you handle yourself during job interview and how you prove your worth that makes you the most suitable person for the job.
In short, you need to take a closer look at community colleges. This could be the best choice for you.
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