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10 Reasons Why a Two-Year College is Worth a Look. Considering Your Future Options. 1. Convenience. Most people in the US live within a 30 minute drive of a 2 year college Most Community colleges offer evening classes which would allow you to take classes and keep a full-time job.

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10 reasons why a two year college is worth a look

10 Reasons Why a Two-Year College is Worth a Look

Considering Your Future Options


1 convenience

1. Convenience

  • Most people in the US live within a 30 minute drive of a 2 year college

  • Most Community colleges offer evening classes which would allow you to take classes and keep a full-time job.

  • Getting to college is easy. Make the short drive, park and attend class.


2 low cost

2. Low Cost

  • Type of CollegeCost in 2010-11

    • Public Two-Year $2,713

    • Public Four-Year In-State $7,605

    • Public Four-Year Out-of-State $19,595

    • Private Nonprofit Four-Year $27,293

    • Private For-Profit $13,935

    • Source: College Board. Trends in College Pricing

  • Pay only for tuition, books, supplies, parking; no room and board fees

  • Option to pay by course or credit hour


3 varied curriculum

3. Varied Curriculum

  • Curriculum: varied and flexible

  • Academic courses v. Career courses

    • College transfer programs

    • Some four year degrees programs

    • Associate degree programs

    • Certification programs

    • Wide range of options: computer repair, dental hygiene, heating & air, travel agent


4 undistracted faculty

4. Undistracted Faculty

  • 2 year college professors

    • Main job is to teach

    • Experts in field

    • Often have work experience in field

  • 4 year college professors

    • May not always be teaching classes

    • Pressure to research and publish

    • Often more limited in field experience


5 individual attention

5. Individual Attention

  • Smaller class sizes

  • More one-on-one interaction

    • With professor

    • With classmates


6 way to make a new start

6. Way to Make a New Start

  • Improve on high school transcript record

  • Open admissions policy

    • High school diploma or equivalent qualifies

  • Opportunity to improve grades

  • Options to transfer to 4-year program

  • No SAT requirement

    • College grades become evidence of ability


7 easy access to 4 year colleges

7. Easy Access to 4-Year Colleges

  • Transfer programs

    • Cost effective

    • Eases transition from high school to college

    • Popular option for many 2 year college students

    • Allows 4-year colleges to evaluate students’ academic success

  • On-site 4 year degrees


8 one way to enter one step at a time

8. One Way to Enter: One Step at a Time

  • Allows gradual adjustment to college classes

    • Part time

    • Full time

  • Fits your budget and schedule

    • How many courses can you afford at once?

    • How many classes can you fit around other obligations?

  • Option for training in the future

    • Job loss – retrain

    • Career change

    • Upgraded training


9 no dorms

9. No Dorms

  • No on-campus housing expenses

  • No strangers as roommates

  • May still have off-campus housing expenses but more flexibility


10 financial aid

10. Financial Aid

  • Based on student NEED

    • Calculated by expenses and student’s ability to pay

    • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    • FAFSA forms used in calculation process

  • Options

    • Scholarships

    • Grants

    • Loans

  • Lower tuition costs might mean students are expected to pay a larger % of costs based on need


Community college locations in nc

Community College Locations in NC


Area community colleges

Area Community Colleges

  • Coastal Carolina Community College

  • Cape Fear Community College

    • Pender and New Hanover County branches

  • James Sprunt Community College

    • Duplin County (Kenansville)

  • Pitt Community College (Greenville)

  • Craven Community College (New Bern)

  • Lenoir Community College (Kinston)


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