Recent research continues to reinforce that college completion leads to better career opportunities and higher earning power over the course of one’s working life. Whether a career-specific certificate or an advanced degree, the benefits of even the lowest level of college completion cannot be understated. Yet as we promote this as the best way to achieve one’s personal and professional goals, we must also acknowledge that the challenges of college completion frequently cause students to spend more time and money in pursuit of that degree than should be necessary.
Do you like computers and technology? Are you intrigued by the way things move and function? Are you creative? Do you like to work with your hands? Do you like to use your mind to solve problems? Do you want to earn a competitive wage and benefits? Do you want to avoid racking up thousands of dollars in student debt going to a 4-year university to earn a degree you might not even be able to benefit from? Look no further! A career in manufacturing may be exactly what you are looking for.
I often talk about the power of education to change lives. And I never tire of hearing, or telling, the stories of people who experience that power first-hand when they complete their degree, start their dream job, or continue their education at their dream school. However, these stories do not represent all of the ways that education changes lives and communities.
People who want to attend college start their academic journey at many different places. Not all students are prepared for the rigor of college mathematics courses. The state of Illinois and colleges across the state are working to help those students get ready for college so that they can be more successful there. Waubonsee Community College is contributing to this effort of preparing students by offering a Math Bridge Program.
Many families know the challenge of getting children prepared for life after high school. With early college credit programs available, students now have assistance to prepare for college and beyond. Dual credit classes are one of those programs. These classes are college-level classes that provide both high school and college credit at the same time.
As we have recently entered the new fall semester here at Waubonsee Community College, I spent some time reflecting on my initial experience as a member of the faculty at the college.
Libraries have undergone vast changes throughout history due to innovations in technology and the internet. Libraries have adapted to and embraced new technologies to support communities, while also continuing to provide what we might call more traditional services.
A common question about community colleges for students and parents is, how do I transfer to a four-year college? While this might seem like a straight-forward question, there are several paths that students can take on the journey from a community college to their bachelor’s degree.
Waubonsee Community College has transfer partnership agreements with more than 25 public and private four-year colleges and universities. Each of these agreements gives students a clear academic path and confidence that the courses they take will transfer and count towards their academic goals.
Changes in technology and advances in automation can lead people to be concerned about the future of some jobs in career fields like engineering and computer aided design and drafting (CAD). However, Waubonsee Community College students Michael Chinn of Batavia and Matthew Maltese of Aurora have found rewarding jobs as drafters at EN Engineering in Warrenville.
Christopher Hess, from Aurora, was recognized by the college’s board of trustees at its June meeting.