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How Allowing Community Colleges to Offer Four Year Degrees Protect the U.S Workforce
By Jabram Raven Allen
According to John Rice, director of institutional advancement at Great Basin College  “community colleges that offer four-year degrees aren’t necessarily trying to fit the mold of a university. The degrees being conferred across the United States are applied degrees that are not the venue of the university such as nursing and teaching education degrees where the universities are not able to meet the demand” said Hagan (et. al Nallelie Vega February 3, 2010).

In short; once these potential students are displaced by students from neighboring states they are much more likely to become welfare dependents and a strain upon their states social welfare system. According to an article written by Wonseon Kyung (Journal of Higher Education, Vol. 67, 1996 In-Migration of College Students to the State of New York Journal) “The interstate migration of college students influences college admissions policy, student body composition, and ultimately the labor force of a state; student migrants also tend to work in the state where they obtained their higher education, thus they become an educated labor force for that state as noted by Abbott and Schmid”. The impact of community colleges carrying bachelors’ degrees could result in decreasing student migration and ease the rate of unemployment in states that migrating students may view as more desirable due to lower rates and better programs.    

If properly funded, community colleges possessing bachelor degree programs that develop entry level professionals for the U.S work force would reduce waste in state educational funding by making it unnecessary for those seeking 4 year degrees to apply for government or private loans set aside for educational advancement.

By allowing legitimate community colleges to offer 4 year degrees to those seeking employment, community colleges assist in protecting educational funding and unknowledgeable consumers from diploma mills; while assisting in creating a skilled and educated workforce.           


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