Community colleges play a key role in the post-secondary education landscape. From skills training to preparing students for four-year colleges, community colleges serve critical functions – and they've seen enormous growth among fast-growing minority populations. Yet the reputation of community colleges hasn't kept up with the reality. Going forward, how can community colleges continue to improve – and what can they do to ensure that their reputations keep pace with their contributions?
On Monday, February 10th, National Journal hosted the second event in the Next America Series in Miami, Florida. This exciting event brought together government officials, educators, administrators, students and other experts who explored the important roles community colleges serve in the educational landscape. We examined how community colleges are preparing its students for the working world, improving transfer rates to traditional college programs and how students are accessing financing to enable their studies.