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What are you going to do after high school? Have you thought about going to a community college? It may be your door to future success. Community colleges put higher education close to where you live, work and play. There are many reasons community colleges are attractive. They have an open admissions policy and offer many courses. Their low tuition helps keep higher education within the reach of many Americans. These factors make community college a good place to go to gain job skills.

A goal of community colleges is responding to local needs. Community colleges keep tabs on skills and jobs in demand by business. Once they know what businesses need, community colleges can offer classes to teach those skills that are in demand. Students can benefit by upgrading their skills and becoming more valuable in the job market.

Many workers choose a community college when they want to upgrade their skills or to enter a new field. It is now common for a person with a college degree to attend a community college to update work skills. Community colleges are also flexible. Nearly 50 percent of their students work full time, so they offer courses at convenient times.

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  • Thinking about going to a career college or technical school? The U.S. Department of Education has a web site, Prepare for My Future, which gives you some questions you'll want to ask. There are many schools to choose from. You can use this web site to help you choose the right school to meet your career goals.
  • Learn more about the in-demand jobs in the Career Voyages industry profiles and how community colleges can help you start your career by clicking one of the industries on the upper left-hand side of your screen.
  • View different certifications available via the Certification Finder.

Whatever you decide, you are in the driver's seat!

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