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Community Colleges Provide Affordable Pathways to Economic Security

community colleges provide pathways to economic security

Community colleges are making headlines for offering an affordable pathway to skilled, well-paying jobs, and partnering with businesses to ensure that what students learn in class has value once they get there.

A recent editorial in Forbes magazine highlights the tight link between higher education and economic security.

“In coming years, U.S. job growth will be driven by new middle-skilled or skilled technical positions,” it reads. “These jobs are rooted in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – the so-called STEM disciplines – and won’t be accessible to workers who only have a high school diploma.

“But four-year degrees are not the only way to attain these skilled, well-paying jobs. In fact, half of all STEM jobs – which pay $53,000 per year on average – are obtainable through community college programs or apprenticeships. This is just one reason that no one should think that going to college is out of reach. No one should think, either, that community colleges can’t help get them get as far as they want to go.”

There’s another critical thing that defines the best community colleges, according to another article, recently published in TIME magazine.

“They partner with businesses to make sure that what students learn has value on the job.”

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