​Why should I go to a community college?

Get a quality education — Studies show that students learn as much at a community college as they would have if they spent their first two years at a four-year college or university and, just as important, students who transfer from two-year colleges are as likely to earn bachelor’s degrees as those who start at four-year colleges and universities.

Flexible schedules — Because community colleges are responsive to their communities, you will find that you can schedule classes around your work, family and other commitments.

A small-college experience with the resources of a university ​— Community colleges offer student services identical to four-year universities. You will find academic advising, financial aid advising, theater, arts, sports, student activities, career counseling, academic support services and more on the community college campus.

Find your career and major — Fifty percent of students who declare a major, change majors – sometimes as many as two to three times during their college years. While changing majors is fairly typical, the costs can be expensive. You can save a considerable amount of money by taking classes at a community college where you can complete your general education requirements in the first two years, explore various career/educational paths and be prepared to transfer no matter what your major is without breaking the bank.
​Easily transition from high school — Community colleges have smaller class sizes, and because faculty are focused on teaching and learning you will find your professors more accessible. Your instructor will remember your name and will know who you are, he or she will meet with you during office hours and be willing to provide individual assistance. Often, general education courses at four-year colleges and universities may have hundreds of students, will lack individual attention and may be taught by graduate assistants rather than professors. Although you will pay more for your education at a university you will not necessarily get more for your money; in fact, there is no relationship between a college’s cost and the amount of learning attained.
​Boost your GPA, your confidence and get a second chance at the college of your dreams — Maybe your academic background wasn’t strong enough to get you into the college of your dreams the first time around, but working hard at a community college and improving your GPA may help you get a second chance. If you have a particular school you want to attend be sure to meet with an advisor to help you set realistic goals and pathways to achieve them.
​Certification and associate degree programs — Some careers do not require a four-year degree. Community colleges offer specialized training and certificates that lead to well-paying jobs.

Cost — You can go further with less money.

A community college does not weed out its students, it helps them grow. 

Be ready for the future
Learn more about your local community college,
   St. Charles Community College.
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