Community colleges are the workhorses of higher education. They don’t charge a lot and they take everybody. It’s why nearly a third of college students in the United States attend one.
They often are treated as places where workers retrain, add technical skills and earn job certifications.But they also have a quieter role, helping students earn two-year degrees that prepare them to transfer to a four-year college.
In our status-conscious higher education hierarchy, however, the firepower of those campuses and their students is often overlooked.