If you are fortunate enough to live in a place where a community college provides classes, then you should make it a point to take advantage of the facility. This can be a great help to further your educational qualifications to advance your career. Community colleges provide some intensive courses in various educational areas. The courses are quite affordable and provide an impressive level of training.
Community colleges play an important role in future university Egypt providing affordable education; yet they are considered inferior in comparison to University education. This consideration is quite further from the truth. In fact, a good number of nurses are students of community colleges and are very well trained in their jobs. The associate degree nursing program provided by community colleges are rigorous courses that provide very good clinical experience and comparable to that of the bachelor of nursing degree courses provided by Universities. However, if you possess nursing training from a community college, most hospitals will not consider you a candidate for any administrative nursing position, as this requires a Bachelor's degree.
There are many advantages of learning at the community college levels. One biggest advantage is the fact that the teachers at the community college are dedicated to teaching. They are more approachable and helpful to the students. They are not simultaneously working on their own projects and usually devote all their time to teaching at the community college. Students are never considered as an interruption in the pursuit of their own agenda.
Community Colleges are a supportive system for those individuals who are going back to academics after a long gap or for those who may not have been getting top grades at high school. The teacher to student ratio is lower in community colleges hence, the teaching faculty can provide personalized attention to the students. This is a great advantage to the students who require extra coaching.
Students who complete the two-year degree program at community college are likely to complete their four-year degree. Research indicates that students who start at universities for four-year degrees usually drop out of the course mid way. A two-year community college degree will also help to increase the earning capability of the individual even if he does not complete the four-year degree course.
There are some disadvantages associated with community colleges that one should be aware of. Some universities do not accept transfer credits of courses completed at the community colleges. Ensure that you check out the courses required at the university that you plan to transfer to for further education. Another problem could be the availability of certain courses that you may want to do, or the limited number of courses on offer at the community college.
In conclusion, the community college education can be a useful, instructive and an affordable option for formal education. It can be considered as a stepping-stone to the higher level of University education.
Do You Need A University Education?
Does The 21st Century Give Us New Challenges?
I don't know about you, but being a product of the 20th century and facing post high school in the 1950s there are questions today that I would have to face that I didn't even imagine back then.
Is A University Education Needed?
As a parent there certainly is a responsibility to help our children face the reality of the rest of their lives. When you consider that most of them will still be alive close to the end of the 21st century, what can we suggest and/or recommend they do to prepare for their life as they leave high school?
Do we follow the tried and true path of suggesting they go to the university and hope they will find a career path that will lead them to their niche?
Do they know where they want to be for the rest of their lives career wise?
From the point of view of the university these days there seems to be the pressure to proceed through to at least a PhD if you are to have any hope of using your qualifications when looking for a job or a career.
No longer does it seem that a bachelor's or master's degree represents much of anything other than the preparation for even more time in the university.
How Does One Find The Niche?
As a musician I will admit here that I have a stack of prejudices or maybe call them understandings as to what is required if music is going to be your or your children's niche.
I feel very fortunate indeed to have had parents who encouraged me in whatever I wanted to do at the time. Dad genuinely felt that life was best when it was in pursuit of one's niche. He firmly believed that everyone had a place in life where he belonged and that the quest for that was what life was about. He also felt it was better to die questing than to stop and compromise before getting there.
When You Know Your Niche
It is possible that one can discover the niche that is waiting through trial and error. It may be discovered in the university. It may be discovered most anywhere.
When you do feel you know where you want to go surely the best thing is to head that way full speed ahead.
As a musician I would never have been able to have a career if I hadn't gotten out and begun performing as soon as I was able. If I had stayed in the university through to a PhD I think by then the only option I would have had would have been to remain in academia and not pursue a performing career.
Is There A Time When You Have To Stop Being A Student?
Personally I feel that the options available for pursuing one's goals are all out there. It can be private lessons or tutoring instead of a university course which may contain things not required or necessary.
It is also possible that high school is enough of what is known as education to prepare you for the rest of your life.
Obviously this is a long-winded subject and cannot be exhausted in a single article. However, I hope that as either a parent or a student you will think carefully about what you really need in order to achieve your or their life's goals.