posted Mar 9, 2011, 12:38 PM by Glenda Durano   [ updated Mar 26, 2011, 4:36 PM ]


     Some people tend to look down on community college, but if that’s where God wants you, then that’s the perfect place to be.  In fact, one source estimates that over 45% of all college freshmen end up at community college. Community college is a great place to start, and if you are seeking an Associate’s Degree, a great place to finish.

     There are several issues to examine when considering the community college experience.  First, every student needs to take ownership of his experience.  Community college is “real college” and if this is what God has you, then you should participate with your full being.  Second, because of economics, some students enroll part-time but this path, unless absolutely necessary, may lead to a lack of commitment on the student’s part. Commitment is vital for a successful education.  Third, for those who are using community college as a place to pick up prerequisites and proceed to a four-year school, remember, everything counts. Be proactive in your education experience and take advantage of the excellent, personalized education available at many community colleges.

     Cost is one of the primary reasons that families consider community college.  According to the American Association of Community Colleges, the average cost of tuition for a community college is $2,272 versus $5,836 for a four-year public institution.  Most community colleges also feature smaller classes, which can be a real plus in the learning environment.   Additionally, if a student has no clue what he wants to study, community college offers a good place to explore various fields at a considerably lower price tag. 

     On the downside, transferring from community college to another university after two years can be stressful, and there aren’t as many scholarships available for transfers as for freshmen.  If you do plan on taking this route, however, make sure every class will transfer to your second institution.  Some schools don’t transfer in credits with labs or classes in your major, so be very mindful of the four-year institution’s credit transfer policy.  Another possible downside is that, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics, 63% of students are part-timers at community college and only 15% of part-time students finish their degree.  (In contrast, 64% of full-time students at community colleges graduate within 6 years.)  Again, it relates to a student’s commitment to his education.  Finally, college is about more than education.  It’s a transition into adulthood.  Sometimes, that transition can actually be more difficult if a student is still living at home.  That determination, however, is completely dependent upon the three-way relationship between the student, the parent, and the Lord.

     What’s my recommendation?  Pray.  Seek the Lord’s heart on what He has for your college education, and surrender this decision (like all others) to Him.

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