Community Colleges Are Great Options!!

Why Community College Is a Better Option Than You Think

Avoiding paying room and board for college (if you live at home instead of renting an apartment since there usually aren’t dorms at community colleges) is another cost-saving measure.

In 2017-18, the average tuition and fees for a full-time student at public two-year institutions nationally was $3,570, compared with $9,970 (in-state) at public four-year colleges and $34,740 at private universities, according to the College Board. After federal financial aid, 71 percent of community college students pay less than $1,000. Some states are beginning to make community college free through specific scholarship programs: New York, Oregon, Tennessee, and most recently, Rhode Island.

You could be one of millions of students attending college practically for free, if you consider attending a community college.

A Good Option for Exploring Different Majors or Choosing a Career Off the Bat

Community college can be an especially good fit if you don’t know what career you want to pursue. At a community college, you can take a variety of courses at a low cost in different academic disciplines to help you figure out what you want to ultimately major in, if you plan to transfer.

What community colleges are known for is offering programs that are connected to the needs of the local economy. Associate degrees can be earned to enter the workforce right away after two years of study. Popular degrees like dental hygiene ($72,910 average salary), diagnostic medical sonography ($68,970 average salary), nursing (to become a registered nurse at an average starting salary of $66,640) are all available. If you want to start a career sooner than the average college graduate, a community college may be a good fit.

Guaranteed Admission and Seamless Transfer to Four-Year Colleges

Don’t like taking tests? Community colleges don’t require entrance exams like the SAT. Nearly anyone can take a class at a community college simply by registering for class.

If you know you may want to transfer to a state university, you can take many of the four-year required courses at a community college cheaper than at a state university. Most community colleges have agreements with state universities to help make a transfer seamless and not lose college credits in the process.

A great advantage of attending some community colleges is guaranteed transfer to a state university when certain requirements are met (usually a GPA requirement). States like Arizona, California, Hawaii, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Virginia have agreements in which community college students are guaranteed admission to state universities, if they meet the requirements.

For example, Northern Virginia Community College has a guaranteed admission agreement to 40 universities, if a certain GPA and other requirements are met. To show how this is advantageous, here is a scenario: say you want to attend the University of Virginia(UVA), one of the top public universities in the country. If you attended a community college for the first two years and earned a certain GPA, you would be automatically guaranteed admission to UVA, but you would pay $5,497 per year for the first two years of college instead of $30,490 per year for the same first two years. You’ve just saved nearly $50,000 ($49,986 to be exact)!

And you might not even have to leave your community college campus to transfer to another institution to earn your bachelor’s degree. FSU@Mass Bay — a partnership between Framingham State University (FSU) and Massachusetts Bay Community College, both in the Boston area — enables students to stay at the community college to finish a bachelor’s degree with FSU professors who come to the Mass Bay campus. In Texas, the Lone Star College System has agreements with several universities that offer bachelor’s and master’s degree programs on two of their community college campuses designated as Learning Centers — so you could “transfer” and stay in the local area or even the same campus to earn a bachelor’s degree. Innovative programs like these are popping up, so pay attention to the local degree programs in your area.

You can also potentially transfer to a private college or university — even an Ivy League institution like Yale or Harvard — after attending a community college. Did you know that Eileen Collins, the first woman astronaut to command a space shuttle mission, attended a community college? The sky is the limit!

A Solid Education — and Often Flexible Scheduling

Community college courses are taught by professors who have the same educational background as professors who teach at four-year colleges and universities. In fact, at many universities, students are taught by teaching assistants who are graduate students rather than professors with graduate degrees. The rigor in a community college class is oftentimes the same as another nearby institution. What is attractive to many students is that many community colleges have classes at more flexible times than a typical college. In addition to daytime classes, community colleges usually offer many evening classes as well as classes on weekends and online and sometimes hybrid classes in which you take part of the course in a classroom and part of the course online.

Services Comparable to a Typical College

Just like a four-year college, community college has services to help students succeed, including career services, academic assistance like tutoring and writing centers, clubs, honors program, specialized internships with local employers, and even study abroad.

Student life on a community college can be bustling despite not living on campus like at a four-year college. For instance, in South Florida, Miami Dade College, the country’s largest community college, manages the Miami International Film Festival. And in California, RCC Marching Tigers or “Hollywood’s Band” is the marching band of Riverside City College that has appeared in parades such as the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as well as in movies and on television.

Get a Jump Start on College in High School with Dual Enrollment

Did you know that you can earn college credits while you are still in high school? Nationwide 15% of all community college students are still in high school, according to a recent report.

Dual enrollment, or taking college classes while still in high school, can save you money if credits are transferred when you enroll in college. It can also allow you to decide whether or not you would like to attend a community college or apply to four-year colleges. Whatever you decide, consider your local college options—including community colleges—in your college search. You may find the right place for you and pay a lot less!

Find a community college in your state.

Summer @ Germanna Community College

Youth are invited to attend a summer program with Great Expectations! Students learn college-readiness skills and build friendships during this week-long event!
Refer a student to Great Expectations Here

A Summer Bridge Program for Foster Youth

This summer Great Expectations at Germanna Community College is trying something new to help foster youth feel ready for college-level work.

Brand new students are encouraged to attend a Great Expectations Student Development class. This 2-day seminar is hosted on July 15th and 16th. It is only available for students who are eligible for Great Expectations and provides students with an opportunity to build community and get credit for their first college class. Both days start at 9:00am and end at 5:00pm. Lunch is provided!

July 17th – 21st is a week-long bridge program for new and returning students that focuses on building the soft skills necessary to be successful in college. Each day starts at 9:00am and ends at 12:30pm. Lunch is provided. Students receive a goody bag with school supplies and other materials at the end of the week.

Do you know a young person who would be interested in the summer bridge? Please forward this email to them, or make a referral by clicking here.

Want to learn more about the Great Expectations program at Germanna Community College? Visit http://www.germanna.edu/great-expectations.

Learn more about Great Expectations around the state by visiting http://www.greatexpectations.vccs.edu.

Who is eligible for Great Expectations?

  • Current foster youth
  • Youth adopted after age 13
  • Youth adopted at any age in a special needs adoption
  • Emancipated former foster youth
  • Youth eligible for Fostering Futures or Independent Living

Pictured: Great Expectations students at the Baltimore Aquarium

The Summer Bridge program is free for students in Great Expectations.
Meals, goody bags, and activities are all covered. Students are encouraged to apply for summer financial aid to cover the cost of the SDV. Scholarships are available if summer financial aid is unavailable.
For more information, please contact Taylor Landrie at tlandrie@germanna.edu or (540) 834-1066.

Our mailing address is:

Germanna Community College

10000 Germanna Point Drive
SP1203A

Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Seniors Heading to Germanna!!!!

Wow, graduation is less than a week away!!  Have you applied to Germanna yet? Completed your FAFSA? Set up your SIS page and Email?  Taken your VPT tests?  Registered for you classes for the Fall?  Get some of your timeline done with the Career Coach before you leave Caroline.

Be sure to send your Transcripts to GCC after graduation.

Mrs. Hummer will be at Caroline this week from Tuesday through Thursday.  If you miss that please head to Germanna.

Virginia does not have my degree!

Is a degree program you’d like to pursue not available in your state? Have you found a degree program at an out-of-state institution, but the higher tuition is a barrier?

Looking for out-of-state college options with lower tuition?

For more than 35 years, SREB’s Academic Common Market has enabled students to pursue out-of-state college degrees at in-state tuition rates, through agreements among the states and colleges and universities. Virginia is one of these states. For more information visit the Academic Common Market website HERE.

Germanna Workshops

So you can take advantage of our Guaranteed transfer agreements and complete your bachelor’s degree at a 4 year college or university


Register for a workshop by email:Careerandtransfer@germanna.edu

 

 

Thursday, June 9 – 1:00pm – Fredericksburg Campus, SP1, Room 228

 

Thursday, June 235:00pm –Fredericksburg Campus, SP1, Room 228

Monday, July 1810:00am – Fredericksburg Campus, SP1, Room 228

Tuesday, August 91:00pm – Fredericksburg Campus – SP1, Room 228

 

 

Germanna Community College at the Library!


Meet with representatives to learn about: Becoming a Germanna student, financial aid, transitioning to college, veteran benefits, and career services

 

Apply on the spot!

 

Thursday, June 9, 3:00pm – 6:00pm – Porter Branch
Monday, July 113:00pm7:00pm – Salem Church Branch
Tuesday, August 210:00am2:00pm – Porter Branch
No registration necessary!

 

Virtual College Fair

Students, visit www.collegefairsonline.com to check out many of the colleges in your area!

This service is COMPLETELY FREE. Each “booth” will include information about the school and offer a chat time to talk with school representatives.

Go to:

  • the student link on the website
  • register for the virtual college fair
  • select the Northeastern fair
  • learn about nearby college programs

Source:: http://chs.ccps.us/2016/04/virtual-college-fair-april-11th-16th/

Juniors 8 Ways to Prep for College Applications over Spring Break

Spring break can be a prime time to prep for a standout college application, and prevent stress closer to application deadlines. Use this much-needed vacation from school to consider what you really want out of college, and what you still need to do to get there.

prepping for college apps during spring break

Start Drafting Your College List

Do some soul searching over spring break to figure out what you want from your prospective colleges. Is your best fit college known for its chemistry department? Does it host a thriving theater scene? Talking to a college counselor about your dreams and goals can help you identify what’s important to you as you make your preliminary college list.

College Road Trip

A college website or brochure is no substitute for talking with actual students, visiting the science labs, sitting in on lectures, or grabbing lunch in the cafeteria. Make a plan to tour some of the schools that you are considering, and see if any of them could feel like home.

Make Time for Extracurriculars

Colleges want to know what you do with your spare time so that they can get a sense of who you are. This Spring Break try something new or investigate a career goal or study interest. Are you destined for a life in medicine? Shadow an RN for the week or volunteer for a local organization. Prove to colleges that your commitment to extracurricular activities isn’t tied to the school calendar.

Brainstorm for Your Application Essays

The 2016-17 Common App essay prompts are out. Plan topics for your personal statements by reflecting on the activities you care about. What are the aspects of your background, personality, and interests that make you unique? Who are the people who have influenced you? What experiences have challenged you?

Prep for the ACT or SAT

Whether you try some practice questions, review geometry concepts, or take a prep course, you’ll thank yourself later if you study now! Improving your score by a hundred points on the SAT or even one point on the ACT can significantly boost your chances of admission at many schools.

Look into Financial Aid

Cast a wide net in your search for grants and scholarships. Dedicate some time this break to researching scholarships, including application deadlines and eligibility requirements.

Pick Your Senior Year Classes

Yes, your classes and grades still matter your senior year. Choosing honors and AP classes when you can shows schools that you are serious about college-level work.  Plus, high scores on AP exams can help you graduate college early and save you money on tuition.

Make Summer Plans

Summer counts! Whether you take a job as a camp counselor, practice your Spanish in Guatemala, or prep for the ACT/SAT, your summer activities can strengthen your overall application.

Adapted from the Princeton Review

Germanna Community College Representative Coming To Caroline

Seniors are you interested in attending Germanna Community College this summer or fall?  Juniors are you interested in joint enrollment or taking a DE classes?  Come to meet with a Germanna representative on Tuesday, March 15th in the Career Center.  This session will cover programs offered at Germanna, the application process, and what life is like at Germanna.  Come and get your “connections to your future” started.  Sign-ups are in the school counseling office.