What is a Community College?

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A comprehensive resource for training and education

A "community college" generally refers to a two-year institution of higher education that offers different levels of instruction adapted to fit the needs of the community. Community colleges are characterized by open, equitable admissions (anyone can attend), a community-based philosophy, lower tuition and a quality education. These institutions provide students with a wide range of educational programs, including:

  • Two-year degrees (Associate degrees)
  • Transferable degrees ( for students transferring to four-year colleges or universities)
  • Credit and non-credit vocational and occupational training
  • Certificate courses
  • Adult basic education
  • Small business development assistance
  • English as a second language
  • Developmental/Remedial coursework
  • Non-credit community and continuing education

The many benefits of a community college make it a valuable resource for Idaho’s future economic development by providing a well-trained work force for businesses and industries throughout the entire state.