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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, August 18, 2014:
The higher education landscape has changed over the last 25 years. Much of it has to do with today's economy and the type of training needed for careers and jobs.
Lifestyle is also a big factor. Not all students are 18-year-olds fresh out of high school and many are seeking a degree while they work at a full time job.
Those are a few of the reasons community colleges have more a significant role in the higher education mix.
With the cost of attending college growing every year, more students are choosing to attend community colleges. For young students who are unsure if they are ready to leave home or for older students returning to school for a career change, a community college education may be the best fit. Students are able to save money on transportation and housing too.
These schools usually draw an older range of students, in their mid to late 20s, returning to school to change or further their career. Earning an associate degree first helps to prepare these students to further their studies and greatly increases their chances of obtaining a bachelor’s degree within 4 years.
Dr. John Sygielski & Elizabeth Bolden
Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), which is Pennsylvania’s first community college, is celebrating its 50thAnniversary this fall. Dr. John “Ski” Sygielski, President of HACC will be on Monday’s Smart Talk along with Elizabeth Bolden, President/CEO of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges and David Baime, Senior Vice President of Government Relations for the American Association of Community Colleges.
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