Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Top 10 Reasons For Completing Community College

  1. You'll earn more! Students who complete their associate degree or certificate can expect to earn about $500,000 more in a lifetime than a high school graduate.1
  2. You'll be prepared! When you are job-hunting, a college credential will always give you an edge.2
  3. Unemployment for community college graduates is typically 30 percent lower than for high school grads.3
  4. You'll encounter fewer barriers to transfer! You'll save time and money by not having to repeat courses or take courses you did not know you needed.4
  5. You'll help reverse a national trend in the declining number of college graduates.5
  6. You'll open doors for your children. Children of college graduates are more likely to graduate themselves.5
  7. You and your family's health will improve. Research links greater educational attainment to longer life, healthful eating, exercising and avoiding risk factors.6
  8. You will be more likely to promote environmental sustainability.5
  9. You'll be more likely to volunteer, vote, contribute to charity, serve on boards and run for office.5
  10. You'll be an educated, prepared and higher-paid employee, providing support.5
Statistics show the surest way for anyone to land a job in their chosen field is to finish college and earn a degree or certificate.

And that's exactly what students at Northwest College are promising to do - signing a mass pledge to complete their associate degrees or certificates before leaving community college for transfer or to enter the job market. Administrators, faculty and staff will be committing to do whatever they can to facilitate completion of student credentials.

This week, students will gather to sign a completion pledge, part of a national community college movement called C4. The event is being hosted by the college's Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Learn more at about the C4 initiative:

Please come to one of the events below to sign the C4 banner and pledge cards as a commitment to your pursuit of graduation!

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 - DeWitt Student Center

      11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
      4:30-6:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 - Hinckley Library Lobby

      2:30-4:30 p.m.

Friday, December 12th, 2014 - Trapper Basketball Game

      5:30-9:00 p.m.

Stefani Hicswa, Ph.D.
Northwest College

  • 1Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, June 2010
  • 2Rosenberg McKay, D. "How Often Do People Change Careers?" Guide to Career Planning since 1997 (2006)
  • 3Internationally, College Graduates Fared Better During Recession, Chronicle of Higher Education, September 2010
  • 4The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, American Association of Community Colleges, The National Articulation and Transfer Network
  • 5With Their Whole Lives Ahead of Them, A Public Agenda Report for The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • 6Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Commission to Build a Healthier America

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