Top 10 Reasons

  1. You'll earn more!  Students who complete their associate degree or certificate can expect to earn as much as $8,000 more per year and about $400,000 more in a lifetime than a high school graduate.1
  2. Credential holders also are more likely to retain jobs.  Unemployment for community college graduates is typically 30 percent lower than for high school grads.2
  3. You'll encounter fewer barriers to transfer!  Many state college systems have articulation agreements that guarantee transfer of community college credits when associate degree students enter state universities.
  4. You'll have the personal satisfaction of reaching your educational goal and having something tangible to show for it - something valued by employers, scholarship officials and transfer recruiters.
  5. You'll be an education, prepared and higher-paid employee, providing support for federal, state and local governments and helping the national workforce be competitive and productive in the global economy.3
  6. On average, Garrett College graduates transferring to Maryland four-year public institutions outperform students from all other two-year colleges in Maryland after their first year at a transfer institution.
  7. When compared to all other community colleges in Maryland, Garrett College had the highest graduation and/or transfer rate of all entering students.
  8. Comparative costs for a Garrett County resident at local college and universities indicate that the tuition and fee cost to attend Garrett College annually is at least $2,000 less than Allegany College of Maryland, Frostburg State University and West Virginia University.
  9. The ratio of faculty to students at Garrett College is 14:1, resulting in small classes and personal attention from faculty.
  10. Enrollment opportunities for flexible learning though online courses, accelerated learning, and off-campus locations for credit courses have increased.

 

1 U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 data

2 Internationally, College Graduates Fared Better During Recession, Chronicle of Higher Education, September 2010

3 With Their Whole Lives Ahead of Them, A Public Agenda Report for The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Some portions of this page were reprinted with permission from cccompletioncorps.org.