Community Colleges – A Great Option to Consider
One of the single most important parts of the transition from high school to college is being prepared. Clearly, you should work hard to find financial aid for college tuition and direction federal student loans; however, if you are unable to afford college or your grades didn’t allow you to get into any local colleges or universities, don’t panic. It is important to remember that you still have options for receiving an education.
Millions of people have successfully used the community college system. You can attend community college to receive further education and even transfer to a four-year college or university later on.
Here are two good books on the topic of community colleges.
Community College by Susan H. Stafford
Okay, you didn’t get into the college of your dreams or you just can’t afford to go. That doesn’t mean that you should just give up on your dream of getting a college degree. College graduates earn far more over the course of their lifetime than those with just high-school diplomas. This book is valuable in that it gets students and parents thinking about community college, which stands out as an important often overlooked resource.
Going to a community college can save you a staggering amount of money, and this book has most of what you need to know to begin the community college process. There are many misconceptions regarding community college, and Community College by Susan H. Stafford is rather effective at clearing some of them up. Another reason this book is a winner is that it doesn’t just state, “go to a community college” but instead gives you concrete reasons to do so. This is done by showing how community colleges can tie into creating new career and earning opportunities.
If you think that your college dreams are over, then pick this book up. It will remind you that you can, in fact, return to college at any age with very little money.
The Community College Guide: The Essential Reference from Application to Graduation by Joshua Halberstam and Debra Gonsher
The Community College Guide: The Essential Reference from Application to Graduation by Joshua Halberstam and Debra Gonsher takes a slightly different approach to community college than other books. Halberstam and Gonsher’s approach goes beyond making the solid case for community college and gets directly into the “nuts and bolts,” such as transcripts and financial aid concerns.
Anyone considering community college will find this helpful; however, you will definitely skip over some sections. At times the handholding might seem excessive, but ultimately there is no denying that this book is worth the effort, just be prepared to do some serious skipping and skimming. Any book that makes a case for the value and worth of the community college system is one that is worth reading and supporting.
Both of these books can help outline the community college experience and what it has to offer. Remember that you should be able to find a community college in your area. In addition, you will also find many dedicated people at your local community college that are eager to help guide you, so seek them out and ask for help!