Taking advantage of $12 billion
President Obama has dedicated $12 billion dollars to community colleges in order to train workers and increase the nation’s economic prosperity. A great deal of these funds will be allocated toward improving the infrastructure and curriculum of America’s community colleges. However, that does not mean that gains cannot be made individually.
6 steps to take advantage of the President’s community college stimulus:
6) Spend time researching where the job market is headed.
When restructuring academic programs professors and administrators are often looking to industry, and those new programs will usually be the first to receive federal funds. Head to your local or state job training site to find out what careers will be hot for the next 5-10 years.
5) Take a look at the federal Standard Occupational Classification
The federal government maintains a list of job titles and duties for a wealth of industries. After you’ve determined what fields may be growing in your area you can then find out more about them through this document. It is completely free and on the web.
4) Find out if the community college near you has a major or coursework in your field of interest.
Community colleges are supposed to be anchored in their, well, communities. A good one is responsive to its communal needs and will have training and educational opportunities that fit the needs of its residents. Once you know what you want to study take a look at your local school’s website to find out if the subject is available.
3) Review your format options
What happens if your community college of choice does not have your major? If you find out that the program you want is not at your home campus then double check to see that the school doesn’t have a nearby campus that does have your program. Many community colleges have several branches, and not all campuses have the same programs. Yet, you still may be able to get the courses you want through online learning.
2) Bone up on your math and English
Every one who begins an associate’s degree program must take these subjects – everyone. People tend to panic when faced with trying to remember concepts from high school, but generally if you take a few breaths and a few books out of the library you can prepare yourself for your placement exams because you will have made yourself comfortable with the subjects again. By the way, nearly everyone has to take placement exams – everyone.
1) Apply and register for classes in your new chosen field!
Community colleges are in high demand these days as the nation realizes that it needs more educated workers to advance. You don’t want to be one of the potential students left in the cold because there are no spaces left for you! Apply well in advance of your anticipated start date and call the admissions office if you feel you may be too late. An admissions counselor may be able to help you take classes even if the initial deadline has passed.