Community colleges are increasingly becoming a primary option for many high school graduates and adult learners ready to return to school. Regardless of what career field you are interested in, here are the top reasons you should consider exploring the
community college option.
Flexibility: For students whose lifestyles include working while in college, community college schedules often are more flexible than a four-year institution. They are familiar with catering to students of all ages and backgrounds. Evening, weekend and online options give students flexibility to take a full load or a few classes.
Academic Quality: Community colleges strive to offer quality
education by focusing on new technology that improves the student’s
experience. Students also can explore new and traditional majors from a different, hands-on perspective.
Transferability: Community colleges make it easy to transfer to a four-year college. The STARS (Statewide Transfer Articulation and Reporting System) program helps students in Alabama make a smooth transition to a four-year college, and seamlessly complete a bachelor’s degree. For more information, go to stars.troy.edu, or talk to an academic advisor.
DID YOU KNOW? Many universities offer special
scholarships to transferring community college students.
Smaller Class Sizes: Smaller classes support individual learning and increase the supportive environment to ensure that students succeed.
DID YOU KNOW? You can only earn an associate
degree through a community college.
Affordability: Community college tuition is four times less than the average private college, so students can easily finance their education with significantly less debt. Scholarships are based on High School GPA (not ACT score). Many students save money on room and board by living at home.
DID YOU KNOW?
No ACT or SAT score is required for admittance to a community college.
Could I Earn More with a Degree from a Community College?
According to Payscale.com, the average salary range for recent graduates:
Birmingham $31,000- $91,000
DID YOU KNOW? Trenholm State, the only community college in the River Region, is transitioning from a technical college to a comprehensive community college while maintaining all existing technical education programs. This will facilitate the development of university-transfer courses that can lead to an Associate’s degree in arts or science. Trenholm provides a low-cost option to complete two-years of study and transfer to a university.