Stigma #3: Two-year degrees = Just a stepping stone
Community colleges with two-year programs often get swept under the rug as just a stepping stone to a “better” four-year university. Prospective students know they can get most of their prerequisite credits under their belts for less money at community colleges and then move on to what they really want to study at another school.
What people often don’t understand, however, is that two-year community colleges offer benefits that four-year universities can as well.
Take it from Yeprem Davoodian, Department Chair of Communication Studies & Director of Honor Transfer Programs at Los Angeles Pierce College. We recently hosted a video podcast with Davoodian in which he outlined the different ways that Pierce College is worth looking into.
Although Pierce holds the #1 ranking in Transfer Admission Rate to UCLA and holds the same position in transfer rates for multiple other four-year California universities, they are much more than a stepping stone. At Pierce, students can not only get their associate degree in two years, but they can start their college careers learning subjects they’ll actually want to study at a four-year university.
For instance, the top skills, achievements, and completion certificates at Pierce College include the following: accounting, preschool teaching, automotive technician, medical assistant, EKG technician, and workplace success. Seems like a whole lot more than just completing credits for the sake of completing credits.
Davoodian also outlined several virtual and physical events that Pierce prioritizes to foster community and comradery, including their “jam sessions” in which they discuss several different topics of interest among the students.
Overall, Pierce College is so much more than a means-to-an-end school. Spending time understanding students and fostering their academic growth is a huge priority for them. The team understands that in order to connect with students of all different demographics and generations, listening and connecting with students and meeting them where they are with communication is paramount.