So today I’m going to step back a bit and start a couple of posts on the types of colleges that are out there. Today, we will briefly go over what a community or a junior college is.
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition for both are as follows:
Community College – a 2-year government-supported college that offers an associate degree
Junior College – an educational institution that offers two years of studies corresponding to those in the first two years of a four-year college and that often offers technical, vocational, and liberal studies to the adults of a community
In addition to these definitions, most community/junior colleges will offer technical certificate options. Certificates can be 8-10 month programs while associate degrees are typically 2 years. Programs that are commonly found at these schools are: Welding, Air Vac Technician, Aviation Technician, Automotive Technology, Medical Assistant, LVN, Dental Hygienist, and many many more.
Some students also choose to do “the basics” and then transfer to a 4 year university to finish their degree. The basics, also known as the academic core, is the common English, math, history, and science classes that are required by most degree plans at the 4 year universities.