The Importance of Community Colleges
“The majority of students entering open-door community colleges come from the lower half of the high school classes, both academically and socioeconomically.” These students probably would not be in college at all if community colleges did not exist, due to the inability to meet admission requirements for the four-year institutions. For those wanting to transfer and earn their baccalaureate degree, the community college lends a way for students to achieve that goal, providing remedial courses and a structured plan of study. Another group to consider would be the adults who want to learn new skills to gain employment as well as working adults to improve the skills they already possess for which part-time attendance would be available and not discouraged. Third, let’s not forget those who seek classes strictly for pleasure or personal reasons. No matter the scenario, except possibly the latter, in order to provide every opportunity for success, testing the basic skills upon entering college to determine the level of each student would serve as an asset for both the student and the college.