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Community Colleges Best for Adult Remedial Education

It is becoming increasingly necessary for adults to return to higher education to earn a degree, but many require remedial education first in order to gain a baseline of knowledge. The question is whether community colleges are best-suited to deliver this learning, or if high schools would be more appropriate. Photo by Kurhan.

Community colleges serve the community and its core responsibility is to facilitate vocational education, job training and other programs that assist potential students the opportunity to earn an education regardless of their academic ability (Kasper, 2002-03). For the adult learner, community colleges offer remedial courses as a prerequisite to college entrance. Adult remedial education is better served in these colleges, because adults need to learn skills as they grow older to stay competitive in the job market. These challenges are brought on by the changes in the economy and low employment rates, for which many adults have lost employment. With the recent initiative by President Obama, community colleges were given $12 million dollars for building infrastructure and student aid, with the goal of producing 5 million college graduates by 2020. This is necessary due to increasing enrollment and the need for change (Brooks, 2009).

Adults are focused on earning their college education because of their lacking knowledge, skills and desire to be job-ready. For many, the family would also play a vital role in their education because of school-aged children who would benefit from their assistance with homework and study skills. Gaining an education is vital for these adults to be the example. As education becomes the remedy for adult learners, the financial impact of community college attendance is made more affordable. The cost of attending community college is less, per credit, then a four-year institution. Additionally, students have the option of taking online courses in their specific programs taking advantage of no transportation, gas or parking costs.

As society changes forces changes in school requirements and design, perhaps life and work experiences can play a vital role that help adults meet college requirements.

Adults are proud to enter college regardless of their learning disparities to acquire the skills that meet their career objectives. They may not have followed an educational path earlier in their careers, but with the opportunities of chance Adult learners can achieve!

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Brooks,D., (2009). Community colleges ready for reform. The New York Times Article, July 2009.

Kasper, H.T.,(2002-2003). The changing role of community college. Occupational Outlook Quarterly- Winter 2002-2003.

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