California Community Colleges, Part 1

California Community Colleges have many†great options for you. You want to learn online? Great! Many California Community Colleges have online classes. This way you can learn safely at home.

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This works for you even if you arenít a California resident. With online options, you can learn risk-free. And then you can transfer to a Cal-State or UC campus when you’re ready.

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California Community Colleges Online Options

First, most colleges in the US are going to be online this fall. Though they deny this, many schools have plans for online classes. They don’t want to spread Corona. This is publicity they don’t want. So if you’ll be taking online classes in the near future, why not save some money?

Next, if you hadn’t considered community college, you might be surprised. Community Colleges provide the opportunity to take †general education (GE) courses and sample classes in areas that youíve not yet considered.

Iíll explain GE courses in a later blog, but want to discuss one of the most wonderful advantage of Community Colleges:

Transferring To A 4-year School

There is now a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between CC and UC campuses. Basically, it is easier than ever for a student †from a California Community College to transfer to a UC. This is fantastic as you can still earn a UC diploma while saving a lot of money.

The requirements vary per CC campus and UC campus. In short:

Under the MOU, students who complete one of the UC pathways and achieve the requisite GPA will be guaranteed a place within the UC system. These guarantees will be in place for students beginning community college in fall 2019. (MOU)

Even if you donít want to earn a degree, here are more reasons for attending a Community College:

Youíll Spend A Lot Less At California Community Colleges

You can enroll in classes at a Community College where the cost per credit is far less than any of the 4-year California Public College Options. California Community Colleges have some of the lowest tuition fees in the country. With online platforms, you can save your money by enrolling in a California Community College without having to be a California resident.

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You Will Increase Your Earning Power

California Community Colleges

Generally, the more education you have, the more you earn. Another benefit: the more education you have, the lower your unemployment rate.

You Will Have Smaller Classes

Many of the first-year classes at most 4-year institutions are quite large. In fact, some introductory math and science classes have as many as 300 students. Compare that with a usual maximum class size of 85 at a California Community College. With smaller classes, you realize you will have a much better educational experience. Smaller class size means more individual attention.

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You Can Chart Your Own Course

The Community Colleges have specific programs tailored to professions such as dental assistant, medical assistant, chef, etc. Please explore the possibilities. Some specific CC campuses have degree and certificate programs specific to certain professions. So, please check programs as they vary by campus.

Second Chance At Your College Education

You might not have found your way in high school. Your California Community College offers you a chance to start over. In essence, you will press a big RESTART button once you enroll.

Your academic slate will, in most cases, be clean. Now you can focus on learning how to learn. While at a Community College, you can also sample different courses and even choose which professors you will take.

The California Community Colleges

Please consider a California Community College if you want to restart your education. Or, definitely consider earning your AA degree at a California Community College. It will help you if you want to complete your degree at a Cal-State or UC campus. Youíll be glad you did!

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By Martin

Martin McSweeney is a National Merit Finalist, Pomona College Graduate, and member of MENSA. He has worked at the Center for Talented Youth (Loyola Marymount University campus); Upward Bound (Harvey Mudd campus); various test prep companies; and Whittier High School. Now, Martin helps students of all abilities improve their relationship with math.