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Enrolling in Community College – Here’s How It Works

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Returning to school as an adult can be a little frightening. Being prepared and knowing what to expect are your best defense. Your local community college is a good place to get your feet wet. A good deal of their student body is made up of returning adults and they have the staff and the programs on hand to help you succeed.

Admissions

Most community colleges require students to be 18 years or older to attend classes. Some courses of study require that you provide proof of completion of high school or that you have acquired an equivalency certificate. You will need to check the requirements with your school and for your field of study before enrolling.

You will need to provide your social security number, name, address, date of birth and if not a U.S. citizen, show a valid immigration card.

Assessment

In order to place you in the proper classes, you will be asked to take an assessment test. The test is given by appointment and covers reading, writing and math. A week or so later, you will receive the results of your test. It will contain scores on each part of the test and will state what level of classes you are prepared to take. In some cases, you may need to take classes to prepare you for the classes that apply to degree program. These preparatory classes will not count toward your degree, but without them, you may not pass the higher level classes.

Registering for Classes

Many community colleges ask you to meet with a counselor when you enroll for classes. They will have access to your assessment test scores and later to the list of classes you have completed. They can talk with you about your long term plans and how your class choices might affect them. For example, not all classes offered by a community college will transfer to a four year school. If you intend to pursue a higher level degree, they can help you select the right classes to keep you on your education path.

Regardless of whether you are attending full time or part time, you are free to pick whatever classes you desire so long as the prerequisites have been met. Prerequisites are those classes which teach basic or lower level information that you need to know before moving on to more complex classes such as taking basic math before studying algebra. You can take one class per semester or more. That choice is yours.

Tuition and Fees

After the enrollment process, you are responsible for paying any fees or tuition costs before classes begin. If you have applied for financial aid, this is the time to use it. You will be given a list of books and materials needed for your classes and it is your responsibility to get them prior to the start of class.

Every school has their own rules and policies, but this is a pretty standard idea of what  you can expect when you enroll in community college. You should check with your admissions office to see what they specifically require.

Online Schools Offer More Classes Than Ever

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Online schools are bringing college education to the masses. For a long time, the idea of a college education was reserved for those with wealth or high academic standing who could get scholarships. The average person couldn’t hope to afford the cost of attending a university. Then community and junior colleges arrived on the scene and made things a bit more affordable.

In today’s economy though, attending even a community college can be challenging. Many people are forced to work full time to support themselves and their families, leaving little time for other activities, including higher education. This is where online schools can be the answer to your prayers.

The popularity of online schooling has increased dramatically in the 2000s. One survey of 2500 educational institutions done in 2002 found schools expected their online enrollments to increase by about 20% over the coming year, and traditional enrollment to increase by about 1%. With that kind of growth, colleges are broadening their online offerings to attract more and more students. This means more opportunities for you and me.

Once limited to areas of learning like business administration, English composition and literature studies, and accounting, today’s schools are offering a wider array of curriculum. Nursing programs, computer sciences even engineering fields are entering the fray, all vying for your attention and dollars.

Not only are the community colleges offering online courses but the big name universities as well. Now it may be possible to attain a degree from the school of your choice, provided you can meet the entrance requirements. Other schools specialize in only online education courses. Check out the school thoroughly before enrolling to make sure they are accredited and can provide what you need to complete your studies.

Online schools are often more affordable than classes on campus, saves money and time on your commute, and allows you to attend class on your schedule. You can take as many or as few classes as you believe you can handle in the field of your dreams.

Getting an online degree makes your college dreams attainable while still being home to raise your family. With a college degree in your pocket, you can open more doors to employment opportunities. The job market is fierce. More people are competing for fewer jobs today than in decades. Giving yourself every chance that you can to succeed just makes sense and for many of today’s single moms, an online education makes sense.

College Graduation: Are you Prepared?

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Nothing can be more frustrating than wrapping your last semester of school with graduation looming on the horizon only to discover you are short a credit or two. Perhaps you’ve chosen your graduate school and discovered that some of your credits won’t transfer there.  It happens to the best of us can it can happen to you. How do you prevent such a setback from knocking the wind out of your graduation dreams? Success in any endeavor often comes down to organizational skills and strong planning.

When you begin your college journey, you will pick an area of study and that will likely place you in either an arts or sciences category. Each has a specific set of credit requirements needed for college graduation. Depending on your area of study, English, history, etc., there will core classes and electives that you will need to take. You can discuss these classes, the ideal electives and the best order to take the classes in with a counselor who understands all the requirements and is equipped to guide you.

If you are attending a junior college in order save money, but you have plans of transferring to a four-year institution, you will need to be certain the courses you take now are transferable. Receiving your Associates degree is wonderful but if many of your electives don’t transfer and you have to take them over again at the next school, you haven’t saved any time or money and have delayed your final graduation, possibly by several years.

It is a good idea to have your four-year college picked out before you begin taking classes. When you meet with your adviser, he or she can tell you right away what classes will transfer and which ones will not. This can save you valuable time, money and heartache.

As the semesters unfold, the college graduation requirements in a particular field of study can change. Meeting with your counselor or adviser at least once each semester will keep you advised of any changes and how they might affect your graduation plans. This is also a good way of making sure the courses you take are transferable in the event you are graduating from a junior college and continuing at a four-year college.

Staying informed and reviewing your credits against the requirements for graduation on a regular basis will help you avoid any last minute surprises that could derail your graduation plans.

Planning For College: A Must For Single Mothers

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As a single mother myself, I can empathize with those of you that are now trying to raise a family, work, and better yourself and your family by going to school. Planning for college is a long and difficult road to travel.

There is so much that needs to be considered. How will you be able to keep up with school and take care of your children and still work? How will your children feel if you have to take some of their valuable time to study? Is there enough time in a day to take care of all the needs of everyone involved i.e.; your children, your boss, your professors, your pets, even the household chores.

It isn’t going to be an easy task. When planning for college, you must schedule everything that is in your daily routine. To be successful with your endeavor to go back to school and get that much needed degree, you must set aside a time everyday to study and stick to it. Studying in a quiet environment when there will be no interruptions by family, friends, pets, phone or TV is the best way to achieve your goals.

One way that is working for me is on-line schooling. I have been able to work on my Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Accounting and not miss out on any of the other activities that occur in everyday life. I am able to work a job that has a schedule that varies from day to day. I am able to attend any and all of the special events that the children have at school or their after school activities. I am able to spend time helping them with their homework. It is also possible to take the children shopping, to a movie or for a walk. I am able to make a good meal and spend time with the children talking with them about how their day went or making plans for the next big outing the children would like to have. There is time to spend with our pets and I even have time to do housework.

Going to college on-line offers me the opportunity to attend class when I want, I am able to do my homework assignments when I find free time, like when the children are at school or they are sleeping. I can accomplish all of this and still find time for myself. On-line schooling is the best thing I could have done for myself. I study at my own pace and I don’t have to report to an in school class structure. My time is my time. Sometimes when I find that there is going to be a special occasion and need extra time in a week, I’ll spend more time getting that week’s assignment done early.

While you’re planning for college, it might seem that going to school and raising children it is an impossible task and that you will not be able to do everything that must be done, but you’ll find it an enjoyable and rewarding challenge.

How great you will feel when you have graduated and are able to advance into a better job or career. With the rewards of having accomplished your schooling and receiving that degree, you will also gain the reward of being able to spend more time with your family and be able to provide for them in the way you wish. Being able to give your children the things they need and want is the greatest pleasure that a single parent can have, for the small sacrifices that you made when spending time going back to school. There is also the satisfaction that you did it your way and accomplished your goal.