Community college students get a boost

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Part of the mission of North Carolina’s community colleges is about to receive a welcome boost, thanks to a new policy conceived by educators and lawmakers.

The University of North Carolina and the state community college system are about to introduce a list of 300 or so courses that will transfer from community colleges to at least one UNC campus.

That’s important for a lot of reasons.

The revised policy will give community college students who hope to transfer to a four-year institution a clearer road map of what is required and what will transfer. And it will save students, parents and the state money by making sure that, for example, an English class at a community college will count as a credit toward a four-year degree at a state university. Without that road map in place, a student might have to spend more money just to take a similar course at the four-year school.

It’s no secret that the cost of post-high school education has increased dramatically during the past decade.

Community colleges perform heroic roles in any number of areas – GED classes, job-related training and special courses for the communities they serve, to name a few. But the preparation they offer for high school graduates who aren’t quite ready or financially able to make the jump to a UNC campus is invaluable to students and parents.

The rollout of the new policy, pushed in part by the N.C. General Assembly, will make the future of those students more affordable and attainable.

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