Community colleges, sometimes referred to as technical colleges, junior colleges or city colleges, are typically public colleges that provide higher education and lower-level tertiary education. Students who attend one of these colleges are granted a professional certificate, diploma or associate’s degree. Individuals attending community colleges usually go on to attend a 4-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree.
Types of Community College Degrees and Courses
Today many community colleges have evolved into and adapted to become “comprehensive” education institutions. These community colleges typically offer five types of undergraduate degrees and courses.
|Types of Degrees and Courses||What It Accomplishes|
|Associate Degree – Transfer Education||The traditional two-year associate degree. Student earns an associate degree with the intent to transfer credits to a 4-year college or university where they plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree or higher.|
|Associate Degree – Career Education||The traditional two-year associate degree. Student earns an associate degree with the intent to enter directly into the workforce.|
|Developmental Courses||Remedial education for high school graduates who are not academically ready to enroll in college level courses yet.|
|Industry Training Courses||Contracted training and education wherein a local company pays the college to provide specific training or courses for their employees.|
|Continuing Education Courses||Non-Credit classes offered to the community for personal development and interest.|
U.S. National Community Colleges Directory
Finding the right community college can be a daunting and time-consuming endeavor. Our community college directory is designed to help you narrow down your search to just a few colleges that provide the education and environment you’re seeking. For each community college listed in our guide, you can find the following information:
Community Colleges by State
The state-by-state community college directory below will help you to quickly determine whether or not a specific community college provides the education and training you’re seeking.