The national unemployment rate hovers around 9 percent, and jobs are slowly returning to the economy. If you’re one of the many individuals still struggling to find work, consider this: of the approximately 54,000 jobs added in May, 63 percent required post-high school training or a degree, with nearly 50 percent requiring an associate degree or better.
Community colleges are a great place to boost your skills, build credentials and prepare yourself for a job in today’s workforce. Whether — like 20 percent of the working-age population — you started college but never finished or whether you left off your education with a high school diploma or GED, community colleges provide a second chance to get a college degree and advance your career.
If you are considering going back to school to earn credentials or finish up your degree, check out some common reasons students go back to school at community colleges:
In 2009, Goodwill Industries International launched the Community College/Career Collaboration (C4) initiative with the American Association of Community Colleges, the Aspen Institute and Jobs for the Future. The project aims to increase college and career success for thousands of individuals who lack a college or career credential by providing them with easy access to education, job-specific training and supportive services.
The initiative has grown to include seven community colleges across the country and offers a wide range of classes including office technology, customer service, construction, electronic medical records and phlebotomy, as well as courses that train people for careers as pharmacy assistants, certified nursing assistants, electricians’ helpers and more.
A Goodwill near you can connect you to information about community colleges in your area and help you get started on furthering your career. To get assistance with educational opportunities and to learn about other job training opportunities: