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Many people search and search for the University they will attend upon graduation from high school.
Eager students look forward to their time at university while parents wring their hands hoping that
their children choose to attend a university that is not only close to home but also within their budget
limitations. Another worry that parents have when their children decide to attend college is whether
or not that university they attend will have the specialized and individualized services that their
children were accustomed to receiving in high school. Face it; larger universities tend to be rather
impersonal when it comes to the education of their students.

One answer to all those worries and more is to transition your students from high school to a two-
year college rather than throwing them to the university wolves so to speak. Many people find that
two-year colleges can in fact provide superior educations to four-year universities for those first two
years or foundation college level courses. You will not get the specialized or specific instruction in a
two year college that is available to upper level students on a university level but most students find
the first two years of their college educations focused on getting the requirement and pre-requisite
courses rather than the specialized courses in their intended field of study.

Many people also find that those first two years at a community college-transitioning from a small
pond to a larger lake-are much easier to handle than going straight from high school to a university-
out of the pond and into the ocean. Universities often have lower level classes as auditorium classes.
These classes offer little individual instruction and are often sink or swim sorts of classes. Those
students who have special learning needs are often lost in the shuffle when entering a university.
Community colleges offer smaller classes and ample opportunities for tutoring as well as classes on
how to learn to study.

Two-year colleges are also much easier on the budget than most universities. Most people find that
community college does not place nearly the financial burdens on families that universities place. Add
to that the fact that most community colleges offer very flexible class scheduling and even some
courses online and you will find that there are many reasons to consider community college that go
well beyond mere budgeting requirements.

Another benefit to students who wish to enter the work force sooner rather than later is that you can
actually get a degree or certification in certain programs from a two-year college. This means that you
can actually graduate and begin earning much sooner than if you were to attend a four-year college in
search of a degree. If you aren't sure you want to invest the next four or five years of your life in
pursuit of a degree or you simply aren't ready to commit yourself to one line of work for the rest of
your life it is a good idea to spend two years in a community college rather than making the leap
straight into a university setting.
If you are considering whether or not a community college or two year education is the best course of
action for your specific needs, I really recommend creating a list of pros and cons of each and
balancing your budget to see where your needs are most likely to be fully met. Remember you can
always transfer to a university once you've completed your two-year college education or at any time
during that education as long as you meet the universities admission requirements. Good luck and
remember that your college education is one of the largest indicators of your future earning potential
so take it seriously.

				
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