Community college students are a breed all their own, and if you’re one of them, then you know what we mean. Many of you have jobs or juggle families off campus, which means that the normal “party all night” attitude that most people think of when they hear “college” doesn’t apply. Life on a community college campus can be a lot of fun, but it also means hard work and diligence if you want to stay in school. It is not for the faint-hearted.
The following links include quite a bit of helpful information for current community college students, designed to help you finance your education, keep costs down, stay ahead of your school work and balance your multiple lives. Nobody said community college would be easy, but hopefully these resources will make it easier.
- How the Pell Grant Works for Community College Students describes how community college students can gain access to Pell Grants, one of the largest initiatives to improve access to higher education for low-income students. Includes information on the application process and how to calculate the amount of scholarships you can expect from Pell Grants.
- Encouraging Deep Learning is an article which assesses the limited student involvement in many community colleges today. The dismal statistics provide insight into how some community colleges are failing students today.
- Achieving the Dream is a national not-for-profit designed to help community college students. The organization tackles the problem through creating programs, influencing policy, and providing resources for community college students.
- The Institute for a Competitive Workforce developed a paper named “Thriving in Challenging Times” to promote effective training of community college students to prepare them for the professional world. Includes data on a variety of industrial fields to help students develop the necessary skills for their interests.
- College Students Get the Perks of Technology Discounts is an article which outlines the different technological perks community college students are receiving in their programs. Given the emphasis on technical skills in today’s job market, these are great ways for community colleges to educate their students in non-conventional ways.
- The article, Community Colleges Prep Students For Changing Realities, describes the “reverse transfer” system which allows students to apply bachelor’s program credits to obtain an associate’s degree. This is a direct result of the changing economic landscapes resulting in many students opting for a two year degree instead of the traditional four year degree.
- Given that larger universities face class cancellations due to changing demand, a Tallahassee community college district planned a no-class cancellation policy. No Such Thing as Cancelled describes how this positively affects students, especially ones with other obligations such as jobs and children.
- Bridging the financial aid gap for community college students reveals finding from a recent Advocacy and Policy Center report from the College Board. Found that financial aid could be better allocated to students that are having trouble graduating and/or paying for college.
- The Benefits of Continuing Education Over Time highlights the importance of staying relevant in whatever field of study you are involved in. Given the quicker employment turnovers in today’s economy, it will be important to continually learn new skills to keep your employment options open.
- The Iowa Department of Education reported that HS Students Earning Community College Credit Hit a Record Level in 2010. Community colleges will have to adjust their curriculum to reflect the increasing number of graduating students.
- Historically, most community college students have lived off campus or commute from home. Student Housing Coming to a Community College Near You describes the growing trend of students living closer to campus, garnering the benefits that four year traditional programs have realized for many decades.
- Another aspect of community colleges that have lacked has been the availability of study-abroad programs. Recently, U.S. community colleges have striven to boost study-abroad programs to improve the global focus of today’s businesses.
- Adult Basic Education to Community College Transitions Symposium is a report aimed to facilitate the transition between basic education to tertiary programs such as community colleges. The report focuses on producing data-backed conclusions and long-term solutions that promote learning as an ongoing process.
- Degree Awards Set Record Despite Rocky Educational Landscape is an article appearing in Community College Week analyzing the increasing amounts of degrees awarded despite questionable education retention rates of graduates today. Overall trends show increases in graduation numbers, but graduations rates and time to graduation are two lagging indicators.
- Characters vs Real Community College Alums provides profiles of famous actors, prominent scientists, and CEOs who attended community college. Several examples of how a community college education can lead to a prominent career path.
- Sonia Parga, a community college graduate, recounts How her Community College Experience has Influenced her Life. A hopeful story by a student who underachieved during high school but found success through community college.
- Life in a US Community College follows the study abroad process of an Indian student at a community college in Washington State. Reveals the many intangibles that comes with studying abroad, including understanding business methods in different markets and networking opportunities with global students.
- In order to improve access, Disability Support Services in Community Colleges have become an important part of outreach programs. This article looks at the current trends in how community colleges are facilitating disabled students in their programs today.
- Many established universities are known for their extensive library systems.
- Community colleges: Lacking the college experience asks the question of whether community colleges are legitimate alternatives to traditional, four-year programs. Includes testimonials from students and representatives of two- and four-year programs.
- An article describing how a Brookdale Student Defends the Community College Experience. An experience that reinforces the notion that community colleges are indeed legitimate educational institutions.
- Community colleges are great alternatives to traditional universities as they offer greater flexibility and lower tuition fees. This gives students adequate time to discover their true passions in order to Learn Locally, and Live Globally.
- This qualitative analysis of community college to four-year university transfers offers a scientific look at the process. Answers questions such as the barriers to transfer and factors leading to a successful transfer.