Calling all High School Students (even if you just graduated but aren’t sure what’s next)

Over the next two weeks, we will use this blog space as assignment space. I know, I know!  School is out.  But, there are some things that you  — yes you, heading into your Junior OR Senior year — can do to make your way toward college decisions.

The assignment for today is to find out what community colleges are accessible to you.

As we point out in Chapter 1 of our book, community colleges (also called junior colleges) can be a great first step toward getting a Bachelor’s Degree in your desired major.  It can be a great first step toward the educational and career goals you have.

Community colleges award Associate Degrees; they provide technical degrees or certifications for students seeking to enhance job qualifications.  Community colleges also offer a lower cost option for students wishing to explore majors and complete general education requirements and major per-requisites before applying to a Bachelor’s institution.

These institutions award admission based on space available (typically) not based on selection criteria.  In fact, sometimes high school students take courses at community colleges in order to get a feel for college and complete some units toward a future Bachelor’s degree before they have even graduate high school.

Your assignment this week is to find the nearest community college(s) to you.  Check out their website(s).  Find out:

1.  What majors do they offer?

2.  What is the cost to attend?

3.  What is the admission process?

4.  Are there residential halls for on campus living?

5.  What kinds of non-academic opportunities do they offer (clubs, organizations, intramural sports, music, etc.)?

If there is more than one institution nearby, make a table that has the above 5 questions in the first column, and then in the next columns compare and contrast the institutions which are accessible.  Familiarize yourself with the website — while all institutions have different websites, the language is similar:  Office of the registrar, Fees/Tuition, Admission Requirements, and so on.

This is just research.  Find out.  Be informed.  Know what your options are.

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