Is a Community College Right for You?
November 01, 2006

When faced with the choice of which college to attend, take a closer look at what today’s community colleges have to offer. According to the American Association of Community Colleges, more than 10 million students attend community colleges nationwide and half of all baccalaureate recipients attended a community college prior to obtaining their four-year degree. Consider the advantages:

A variety of options

Community colleges, like Wor-Wic Community College here on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore, are an excellent choice regardless of whether you want to transfer to a four-year university or if you are seeking immediate entry into the workplace. Many transfer and career program options are offered. There are also courses for honors students as well as those who need to strengthen their math, reading or writing skills. Career services help people who are unsure about what major to choose and service-oriented student organizations are available for social and personal development.

Achieve your academic goal

Most of Wor-Wic’s transfer students go on to Salisbury University or the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, but Wor-Wic students can also transfer their credits to four-year universities like Johns Hopkins, Duke or Cornell. Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, Walt Disney, Jackie Robinson, Tom Hanks and Calvin Klein all started at community colleges. These and many others in the community built their careers on the foundation they gained at their local community college.

Small class sizes and accessible faculty

Welcoming small class sizes enable students from all ages and backgrounds to get to know and learn from each other. Classes are conducted in high-technology classrooms and laboratories. You will find helpfulfaculty and other employees who take pride in providing friendly customer service.

Flexibility and convenience

Courses are offered during the day, in the evening and on weekends. Flexible class schedules, along with online course options, are sometimes the only way students who have family responsibilities or those who work full or part time can pursue higher education. Child development programs are offered for the children of parents who have child care needs.

Save money on the front end

The reasonable cost of community colleges makes higher education more affordable for students from the start. Scholarships, financial aid and student loans are also available. What you save by attending a community college can help pay for the next two years of a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university.