kind of parent uses the prospect of attending community college to strike fear
in the heart of her unmotivated teen?
same parent who, on witnessing a lack ambition in her offspring, is not willing
to shell out big bucks for him to attend a private or state university in the
hopes that he finds himself somewhere between the Anthropology 101 lecture
hall and the dormitory’s food court.
perhaps this parent isn’t concerned about the finances at all. Maybe she's concerned with the child’s solvency or the lack thereof post-graduation when he'll be saddled with tens of thousands of dollars worth of student debt.
the reason, be advised that the potency of your threat is only as strong as
your local community college is lame. And ours isn’t. In fact, it’s turning
into the après high school hot spot.
the country, community college enrollment has boomed since The Great Recession
and, despite the rumored recovery, there’s no sign of this trend letting up
Greater enrollment equates to more money in the school’s coffers. If it’s reinvested back into the school via new state-of-the-art facilities and more cutting-edge academic offerings, the campus can draw more renowned faculty, which would in turn gain the attention of more traditional institutions willing to accept transfer credits.
From this parent’s perspective, the advantages are many.
is that case at our local community college. Once a haven for drop-outs working
on GED credits and housewives looking to pick up skills so they could reenter
the job market after their kids had grown, it’s now bursting with students
looking to get their general studies classes out of the way before attending
a big ticket school—and at a fraction of the cost. It’s also home to a world
class restaurant that doubles as a training ground for students in their
culinary arts program, and its fine arts offerings are showcased in a brand new
theatre that draws top-name performers year-round.
this parent’s perspective, the advantages are many. My son can live at home while
he attends classes and firms up his life’s plan. If he’s able to snag a job as
well, all the better. Best of all, he’d have an additional year to search for
his “dream school,” which he’ll be able to attend with a greater sense of focus
from my son’s perspective, the advantages are nonexistent. All of his friends
are planning to go away to school. Therefore, living at home after high school
holds as much appeal as taking synchronized swimming lessons and, according to
him, there’s no focus to be found delivering pizzas or bagging groceries.
see. His report card should be coming in the mail any day now. If his grade
point average is not high enough to garner much in the way of scholarship
assistance, perhaps his view of community college will brighten.
any event, I’m relishing the possibility of having a few more years with him
here at home. Maybe I should mention I’d be willing to do his laundry. And,
unlike a residence hall washing machine, it won’t cost him a cent.