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Community Colleges

The community college originated in the United States in the early 20th century to answer the need for a more skilled workforce. Today, community colleges typically offer a terminal two-year associate's degree designed to prepare students either for the lower-to-mid-level skilled job market or for transfer to a bachelor's degree-granting institution. Community colleges typically have three main objectives: to expand educational opportunities to a greater portion of the population (especially under-represented minorities and older students); to provide training for the immediate job market (particularly in technical fields); and to serve the local community by promoting the development of an educated and skilled local workforce, offering noncredit courses in a wide range of academic and nonacademic subjects, and providing cultural and technical resources to the community.

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