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 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.
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.|
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:
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.