Community College Admissions
Community colleges are an excellent building block for building your education. Community colleges are relatively low cost, have easy entrance requirements, and allow you to build educational momentum.
Admissions, what you need
New students attending a community college have basic admission needs they must meet to begin their program. New students typically submit an admissions form and attend an orientation. The orientation details what a student can expect at the community college and gives a broad perspective of classes, programs, and admission requirements. Upon completing the orientation students will usually participate in an assessment. The assessment will measure your reading, writing, and math skills and help counselors build your specific program. If you are weak in these areas the counselors will help by building your program with classes designed to help the student strengthen these areas. Reading, writing, and math comprehension are critical areas and should be focused on if a student finds these to be areas of struggle. Take the time to develop these skills. It will pay off in the long run.
Improving your opportunity
Community college is reasonably accessible, particularly for students that found their earlier education challenging. Improving yourself for success is a worthwhile endeavor and resources are readily available at little to no cost. Consider researching basics such as how to strengthen your writing, reading and math skills. If the student is adept at text messaging or any number of basic computer skills like email or internet searches then researching these skills should not be difficult. It cannot be said enough how vital these skills are and taking the time now will pay off in the long term.
Check your Dates!
Community college like any other educational institution requires commitment. Students should organize their calendar and make note of when classes start and what the cut off dates are should the student need to drop a class.
Buy your books early
Campus bookstores will quickly sell out of text books and class material. When you receive your schedule take the initiative and buy your textbooks immediately or as soon as you can safely afford to. Consider used books and leasing text books. This cuts down costs and allows the student to return books the student will likely never use again. In some cases text books can be found and ordered online. Be sure the correct edition is being ordered to allay any confusion.
Community college is open to all
It is important to remember community college is designed for basic enrollment for most if not all students. Depending on the student some hurdles may need to be addressed. It is important to remember these are designed to strengthen the student, not make life miserable. As the student begins the application process they should also establish an educational goal to allow them to establish and keep focus on the end destination. Because community college offers programs for students at almost any level goals are essential in allowing the student to excel and to finish. For many students the act of starting alone is enough to build positive momentum to finish.