As the month of November comes along annually, every single high school senior is forced to decide which path they are going to take after graduating. For some, it is easy to choose which college to attend and how to pay for it. But, for many, it is extremely difficult to figure out a way to get the funds for college. So, they choose the community college route. Community college is drastically cheaper than tuition at a four year university. However, it is still an issue for students to cough up that money. The idea of making community college free to any student in America has been a dream for low income students for a while. President Obama’s desire to make the tuition of community college to everyone in the nation would only make it difficult for students to get a free education, limit them to essential resources, and discourage students from applying to four year universities.
For those who have graduated from high school and will continue with their higher education, many if not all of these students will have to pay out of pocket for college. Most of students think that if they graduate from college or a four-year university they will have a chance to work in the professional field rather than work for minimum wage. It is an opportunity for anyone, particularly those who have low wages, to earn a degree and make more money. In the article “Expanding Community College Access” from The New York Times, President Obama states that tuition for community college should be free, because the American workforce is not educated enough for the global and national workplace. The presiding evidence and statements from experts
Liz Addison’s essay, “Two Years Better Than Four,” was first published in the New York Times Magazine back in September of 2007. Addison went to two community colleges and majored in biology; earning her degree in 2008. In her essay, she is responding to Rick Perlstein's article “What’s the Matter with College?” in which he claims, “College as America used to understand it is coming to an end” (211). Addison refutes Perlstein’s claims by saying, “My guess, reading between the lines, is that Mr. Perlstein has never set foot in an American community college” (212). The purpose of her essay is to prove to her audience, mainly soon-to-be college students or parents of future students, that college is still a vital part of planning your future. She effectively advertises community college as a cheaper alternative to four-year universities and their skyrocketing tuition prices; and tries to persuade her readers that attending Community College can be just as important as going to a traditional four-year university because they allow you to begin your college education at
We can attend a broad range of high-quality courses at a low tuition cost within a convenient geographical location compared to taking student loan, and expend thousands for cost of living at a university. When we consider enrollment as a factor of decision, community colleges offer enrollment to students with a variety of educational backgrounds, from outstanding students who can’t afford attending a four-year program to students who lack the credentials to get into a four-year college, and to immigrants from all over the world like myself who may have a different educational background than those in the states. Payoff is additional basis for our decision. Many high-return fields, such as health care, computer programming are some examples offered by community-college for students requiring relatively low high-school GPAs but still availing the opportunity of better paycheck upon completion.
Community college has been a blessing for lower income students such as myself, but, the way it stands right now is the way it should remain. In the article Should Community College be Free? written by Joanne Jacobs there are various opinions with the topic of the first two years of community college being free and the effects towards this idea. This topic has been a discussion question since as long as I can remember but wasn’t truly brought to the table until our previous president Barack Obama stated it in his State of the Union address as he proposed to make the first two years of community college ‘as free and universal in America as high school is today’. This would initially cost the economy “...$60 billion over 10 years”, after learning about how America was during the Great Depression I propose that community college shouldn’t be free for the first two years due to the economy dropping dramatically, community college waitlists being
In the United States a community college is defined as a nonresidential junior college offering courses to people living in a particular area. They are post secondary schools and are also referred to as junior colleges, vocational or technical schools because generally the course of study is for two years. The student can earn an associates degree or certification and/or continue their education by transfering to a four year college to complete their educational pursuits and earn a Bachelor 's degree. Community colleges started in the late 1800’s and have grown and evolved over the years. Today many four year colleges and universities have become so expensive to attend that many prospective students are opting for the more affordable alternative of a community college for their first two years of study where they can save money by living at home and taking classes that will transfer to a four year institution, however, there are students that cannot afford the lower cost of community colleges. Though community college tuition is not paid for through taxes or by some other means, if it was it would allow for all students wanting to
Every student, after he or she graduates from high school will have the choice of attending to a University or a two year Community College. I remember Lee, my friend Joe’s brother, asking me after I finished high school and whether or not I wanted to join to a University or a two year Community College. At the time, it took me a week to answer his question. Similarly, if I was to ask any student where he or she wants to go after they finish high school, one might find that they’ll receive different answers, and for different reasons. For some students it is best to go to community college and focus on getting an Associate’s Degree or taking transferable courses. During the same period, I know of my friends that decide to continue their education by enrolling in a university and work to complete a Bachelor’s Degree to obtain a job in their specific field. From my experience and perspective, attending a two year college surpass to a university due to tuition and class size.
Community colleges are important because they provide an affordable alternative to postsecondary education. They offer open admission, flexible schedules, and convenient locations. Community colleges make up a large part of the higher education system, enrolling more than six million students and growing rapidly. They help students become prepared to enter the workforce or transition into a four-year school. But even with all the steps taken to make community colleges accessible to all, there are still thousands of students who cannot afford to attend.
I chose to attend community college in the United State because of two reasons. First, I am an international student. My purpose is not only school but also new cultural. I do not want I become a person who have high knowledge but without any experiments. I think, “If I choose community college to begin my study in the United State, I will have more time to learn about the habits and customs of the US” and I am happy because I did that decision. Beside the school, I can take part in clubs, I can improve my English skill and I can be stronger. Second, I can help my parents to save a lot of money. I try to get high GPA at community college so I could get scholarships for my
Although this plan is great for the economy, some might argue that there are certain repercussions that should be taken into consideration. For example, by making community college free, the program would cost $60 billion in the course of 10 years in a cost-sharing program with the states (Butler 1). Although this sounds like it’s a substantial amount of money, it is manageable. In regards to the benefits of the proposal, this is a small price to pay. In the long run it is better for the economy. As stated before, the proposal creates more job opportunities which encourage economic growth.
For people who have already completed high school, one of the choices they will have to make is whether to endure to greater education, which means going to college, or to start work and plan their life right away. Like my graduating class, we get the TN promise, a scholarship which pays for two years of school. If students don’t know what they want to do in life, then I suggest they take advantage of the TN promise because they might find something that they enjoy and make a career out of it. My choice is to go to college, get my associate's degree (2 years) or maybe more years in the future, for a Veterinarian Technician and begin my career as soon as I graduate. If possible, I'd like to try and accumulate my bachelor’s degree too. Different people will have different choices, but for me, I think college is the smartest path.
My experience with education has been the most transformative experience that helped shaped me into the person I am now. As a first generation Latino student with immigrant parents, I grew up unaware of the importance an education could have on my life and I was kept in the dark about its importance. Only when I was called to meet with my counselor the first week of my senior year in high school to discuss where I wanted to go to college did I realize I had no knowledge of college, its requirements, or my plans after high school. I was told that with my 2.1 G.P.A. and four D’s, I should attend a community college and at the time it scared me because everyone I knew, including my sister, dropped out within their first semester and never returned.
I have learned that the community college has a lot of ups and downs and the communities, federal government and students are expecting a lot from the community colleges and they want them to continue to contribute towards building the economy by providing well trained and educated students to be placed into the workforce to help the U.S. economy progress. I have also learned that without the community college, a lot of students would have not get the opportunity to fulfill their dreams of succeeding in today’s modern society. The community college not only provide education for low income students, but they also provide great programs which help students to thrive and move on to
At present, almost every freshman in the job market seems to have a college degree; nevertheless, when it comes to the importance of a college degree, it has been a controversial issue in recent years, but as far as I am concerned, I consider the college degree to be fairly worthwhile. In the beginning, you can get the fulfilling requirement in that there are some employers who will request the basic degree of their employees when having recruitment. If you do not have the college degree, you might miss the boat to be trained and work in the good company. Furthermore, if studying in the college, you can have plenty of networking opportunities. The friends more you make, the work chances you will have. Because most of friends you make in the
"The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth" (John F. Kennedy). Each year, millions of high school students must make a choice that may change their lives forever. The decision on what to do after high school leaves many puzzled but is not without research. While the decision will always be a personal one, options for all students do exist. Post-Secondary education has evolved greatly over time. In the past, education after high school was rare and limited to a select few. In the decades since, post-Secondary education has expanded to all facets and for all types of students. Expansions in university, community college, vocational, and alternative education have led researchers to agree that all students