Susan H. Stafford

Community College:
Is It Right for You?

Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2006

Community College: Is It Right for You? Helps you answer that question realistically.

A practical alternative to more expensive four-year colleges and universities, community colleges are hot! At community colleges, you can get fast-track training for high-demand jobs; earn a certificate or an associate’s degree; build your skills, confidence, and college credits before transferring to a four-year institution; enhance your abilities for your current job; or re-tool for a career change. Over 11 million students of all ages and backgrounds enroll in community colleges every year. Should you join them?

This one-of-a-kind guide helps you decide. It describes the community college experience and covers the benefits of attending a community college, how to apply, how to afford it (including the scoop on financial aid), where a community college education can lead, and more. Whether you’re considering community college as a springboard to further education, a launchpad for a promising career, or a way to enhance your skills for today’s competitive job market, you’ll learn what to expect and what to do if you decide community college is right for you.

Packed with practical information, this book includes:

Snapshots--Profiles of and interviews with community college students

Real-Life, Expert Advice--Insights and tips from community college students, faculty, and staff

Fast Facts--Surprising tidbits of information about community colleges

Reality Checks--Helpful questions to ask as you consider your options

Community College: Is It Right for You? could be one of the most helpful educational books you’ll ever read!


“Community college is becoming the preferred option for a growing number of students -- especially those seeking to do battle with soaring tuition rates at four-year colleges and universities. Community College: Is It Right for You? does just what the title says. It explores the practical issues involved in enrolling in a community college, including how to ensure that academic credits are transferrable to four-year institutions. This book should be in every high school guidance and career training office.”
-- Edward B. Fiske
Editor, The Fiske Guide to Colleges

“Community colleges are a masterpiece of American ingenuity. They have blossomed over the last four decades because they were needed, and they have served admirably. Here, Susan Stafford offers both an authoritative and user-friendly guide to community colleges. Prospective students of any background, or any age, 16 to 80 or so, will benefit from this information-packed book.”
--Jerrold K. Footlick
Former Education Editor and Senior Editor, Newsweek

“Dr. Susan Stafford, a keen and inside observer of both private and public education, has given us a comprehensive and realistic survey of the role of community colleges in our country. When the overwhelming majority of our young people choose to attend community college for part or all of their higher educations, it is important for us to know the value of these institutions to our nation’s literacy--as you hear in the many individual voices of students in this fine, well-researched work. A helpful book for parents, students, and anyone truly interested in education.”
--Ceil Cleveland
Author and former professor of English, New York University, vice president at Stony Brook University and Queens College, and senior administrator at Columbia University

Selected Works

John Lautner's striking architecture blurred the boundaries between earth and heaven. These essays draw on writings, papers, construction drawings, photographs, and other materials from The John Lautner Foundation Archive to give the architect his just place in the realm of architectural giants.
The Luis and Ethel Marden House is a privately owned architectural gem, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for National Geographic photographer, Luis Marden, and his wife, Ethel.
K-12 Education
Over the past ten years, the Community Collaboration for Four Year Olds has transformed access to pre-school programs for parents and students.
Students at Verrado Middle School in Buckeye, AZ, know exactly what their test scores and grades mean and use them to set academic, social, and behavioral goals for the future.
An Alaska school district replaced a failed educational model through diligent work with the community. By inventing the system, the Chugach Quality Schools Model has improved test scores, reduced drop-out rates, and helped maintain its teaching staff. Everyone wins.
Drawing on all sectors of the community, the Burlington School Food Project is a national farm-to-school model that has united this Vermont school district, community organizations and businesses, and parents to bring healthy eating into the school system.
Connecting students with local sources of food in Burlington, VT, not only teaches students about sustainability, but has helped to overcome cultural and linguistic barriers separating students in this diverse community.
The Cincinnati Public School system has found a pathway to fundraising success.
Average students make the grade in an advanced mathematics course
A school's literacy framework at all grade levels improves students' aptitude in reading, writing, listening, and speaking, closing the achievement gap for low-income students and English language learners.
Body Phonics, a tactile and kinesthetic approach to reading, gets students physically involved as sounds, letters, and words are munched, crunched, and pounced on. Students struggling with reading now enjoy it and are better readers through this unique system.
Bridgewater HS in New Jersey revamped its educational format and got results.
An inspired principal with a disciplined, but personal, approach to education helps a rural high school break the chokehold of failure.
Ft Washakie Charter High School in Wyoming helps Native American students turn their dreams of graduating from high school into reality.
First-of-its kind comprehensive guide for prospective community college students of all ages and backgrounds.
A short, informative guide that unzips the mystery of how to write a research paper for students of all ages. August 2007, Peterson's.
Travel Articles
Old Town Alexandria has a new vibe with hip hotels and restaurants headed by star chefs.
There’s more than one Washington Monument in the D.C. area and Old Town Alexandria’s got it!
Lose yourself in the beauty of the Peruvian Amazon aboard La Amatista.
Take a voyage to the hidden wonders of the Peruvian Amazon.
The colorful Parque del Amor is filled with the poetry of love.
The Wafi City Mall in Dubai offers the author an unexpected encounter with Christmas.
The comfort of a tent with running water, or a night out under the stars?
Enjoy a unique twist on the standard safari with a sojourn into the Kalahari.

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