Going to college for the first time isn’t just for 18-year-olds anymore. When I finally earned my bachelor’s degree in English I was 31. A lot has changed since I was 18 and there are so many options available to anyone looking to earn a degree.
I started attending college back in 1995, but didn’t finish until 2008. You, however, don’t have to take as long as I did. I started and stopped attending school a lot of times along the way, for various reasons. Finally serious about finishing my degree, in 2003 I started attending my local community college, Columbus State.
Attending a community college is a great way to begin your academic career if you are a non-traditional student. A non-traditional student usually is over the age of 25 when they begin or go back to college. Community colleges offer evening, weekend, and online classes where adults can earn an associate degree, career and technical degree, or professional certification in areas such as: early childhood education, real estate, web design, accounting, and much more. This makes it easy for adults who are working full-time jobs to fit school into their schedules, and accomplish career goals.
The cost of attendance at community colleges is much cheaper than 4-year institutions. For example, Columbus State Community College costs an average of $2,844 for the 2011-2012 school year. While Ohio State University costs an average of $9,420. If you are interested in earning a bachelor’s degree, by attending a community college for the first two years you will save a lot of money. After the first two years, you can transfer credits to a four-year school. Just be sure to meet with an academic advisor to find out what courses will transfer.
Going back to school is easier than ever before. It’s time to earn the degree you have always wanted. What are you waiting for? Contact the community college in your area for more information.
Have you had any good or bad experiences with community colleges? Please share.