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Community College

What does the academic term Community College mean in higher education?

Community College

Community College definition

Short Definition

A Community College, also known as Junior College, is a higher education institution that provides two-year programs (associate degrees), vocational training and transferable courses to four-year colleges or universities.

In-depth Overview

Community College

Long definition: A community college, also known as a junior college or two-year college, is a type of higher education institution that offers a range of academic and vocational programs, typically leading to associate degrees or certificates. These colleges are accessible to local communities and provide affordable education, making them a popular choice for students pursuing various career paths.

Etymology: The term "community college" reflects its primary role in serving the local community by providing accessible and affordable education options.

Synonyms or related academic terms: Junior College, Two-Year College, Vocational College.

Examples of Use:

  • Many students start their higher education journey at a community college before transferring to a four-year university.
  • Community colleges often offer programs in fields such as nursing, information technology and culinary arts.

Spanish: Universidad Comunitaria
French: Collège Communautaire
German: Gemeinschaftshochschule
Italian: College Comunitario
Portuguese: Faculdade Comunitária
Japanese: コミュニティカレッジ (Komyuniti Karijji)
Chinese (Simplified): 社区大学 (Shèqū Dàxué)
Hindi: सामुदायिक कॉलेज (Sāmudāyik Kŏleja)

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Community College

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Miscellaneous higher education terms > Higher education institutions

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