Confused by Community College? Consider Career Training.

Posted Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 by Allen B. Ury

jobtraining-careers1.jpgDoes community college make you feel confused? Overwhelmed? Maybe even a little afraid? If so, you’re not alone.

Community college students frequently have problems with the number of choices they have to make and the requirements they have to meet, according to new research from the Community College Research Center at Columbia University. These problems often lead students to quit college altogether, the report notes.

“Students might select whichever courses are most convenient for their schedule, and then later find out they’ve wasted their time and money on a course that doesn’t count toward their degree,” said Shanna Smith Jaggars, one of the study’s authors. “For some of them, this could be a last straw, which breaks their tenuous attachment to college.”

Jaggars’ study, co-authored with senior research assistant Jeffrey Fletcher, is based on data from 16 focus groups conducted among students at Macomb Community College, a two-campus system in Michigan with 48,000 students. Macomb offers more than 100 degree programs, which is more than many universities, but not uncommon for larger community college systems.

In addition to an overwhelming number of choices to make, students often lack proper guidance from campus advisors, the researchers noted. Macomb, for example, has only one counselor for every 1,000 students. Getting an appointment with an advisor is difficult; getting more than 10 minutes is almost impossible.

Jaggar and Fletcher presented their findings at an April meeting of the American Education Research Association in San Francisco.

Community College Alternative

If you’re disillusioned with the community college experience, consider career training from Everest. The Everest family of colleges, institutes and universities offers you:

  • A narrow, carefully-considered range of programs — Being career focused, Everest offers programs only in fields where it believes graduates have a good chance of finding employment within a year of leaving school. Programs are concentrated in just a half-dozen or so fields, specifically:
    • Accounting
    • Business
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Information Science
    • Health Care
    • Paralegal
    • Trades
  • A choice of degrees — You can choose from short-term diploma programs, two-year associate degree programs and four-year bachelor degree programs. Master’s degrees are even available in Business Administration and Criminal Justice. (Programs, schedules and availability vary by campus.)
  • Small Classes — Everest classes tend to be small and students work in small groups, which allows you to develop close relationships with both faculty and your fellow students.
  • Flexible Schedules — Many Everest campuses have schedules that accommodate working adults and parents, including evening and weekend classes.
  • Student Support — Everest is committed to providing each student with the support he/she needs to succeed. Representatives are available to help with everything from academics to helping you arrange for transportation and manage your household budget. Everest’s student ambassadors — high-achieving students who are usually in their final year of study — are another source of support.
  • The Online Option — For students who must work full time, or who don’t live near an Everest campus, Everest University Online, a division of Everest University, offers the convenience and flexibility of online learning with Everest’s career-focused curriculum and ongoing student support.
  • Career Services — After you graduate, you can get help with job placement* from Everest’s Career Services staff. Career Services provides help with everything from resume writing and interview preparation, to reaching out and making appointments with local employers.

To learn more about career-focused education programs, contact Everest today.

Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit our website at

*Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market and other factors will impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.

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