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The community college advantage

2013-11-18T00:00:00Z The community college advantagePatrick Rush Times Columnist
November 18, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Over 100 years ago, community colleges were created as publicly funded institutions of higher education at community based facilities. They began a policy of welcoming all who wished to learn, regardless of wealth or previous academic experience.

Today there are more than 1,100 community colleges in the United States, most of which share common goals of quality, convenience and affordability with a commitment to lifelong learning. Community colleges allow students to positively impact their lives. They offer nearby locations, flexible class schedules and affordable tuition to students of all ages and interests.

Students who attend community colleges also benefit from the smaller class sizes and increased personal attention from instructors. The counseling, academic assistance, job placement and other student services provide much needed support through the college process for all learners.

In fact, a recent study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education found that nearly 30 percent of Americans with associate degrees will now make more than those with bachelor’s degrees.

Community colleges may be the best pathway to a secure place in the workforce for students just out of high school, as well as returning adult students and dislocated workers. South Suburban College offers a well-rounded offering of career programs that may lead to an associate degree or professional certification, and more importantly a successful career.

Established in 1927, South Suburban College is a fully accredited, comprehensive community college located in South Holland, just minutes from the Illinois/Indiana state line. SSC’s tuition rate is considerably lower than most public or private universities — a fact that applies to Lake County residents through a special tuition rate of $155 per credit hour (just $35 above the In-District rate). Full-time students can attend for a little more than $4,000 a year within a short distance from home, saving thousands of dollars in additional room and board expenses, and the SSC Foundation offers a wide range of scholarship opportunities.

Perhaps most importantly to prospective students, SSC offers choices — more than 100 career education and transfer programs awarding associate degrees and professional certifications. Additionally, students are realizing that two years at community college plus two years at a four-year institution adds up to two degrees with less student debt. Students can complete two years at SSC and transfer to four-year institutions without loss of time or credit.

Our counselors are happy to work with you to develop an academic plan that will best help you to achieve all of your educational and career goals. But don’t take my word for it, check SSC out for yourself at, or contact the friendly staff in our Admissions Office at (708) 210-5718 to get your questions answered, to schedule a tour, or to get started today.

I look forward to sharing more about the exciting educational opportunities and events that we offer throughout the year, and just maybe you or someone in your family will consider making South Suburban College your school of choice.

The opinions are solely those of the writer. Patrick Rush is director of Public Relations, Publications & Foundation at South Suburban College. He can be reached at

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