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The Community College Advantage

2012-09-14T00:00:00Z The Community College Advantage nwitimes.com
September 14, 2012 12:00 am

Lake County residents can attend SSC for just $125 per credit hour.

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.

Students who attend community colleges also benefit from the smaller class sizes and increased personal attention from professors. The counseling, academic assistance, job placement and other student services offer the quality and accessibility that they need.

Established in 1927, South Suburban College is a fully accredited, comprehensive community college with a diverse annual student population of more than 16,000. Located in South Holland, Illinois, SSC offers over 50 career education and transfer programs awarding Associate Degrees, professional certifications and transferable credits. The college’s counselors work with students to develop an academic plan that will best help them to achieve all of their educational and career goals.

SSC also has numerous community outreach programs including Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Education Development (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), Continuing Education and much more. In addition, SSC’s Business & Career Institute provides training, testing, consulting, and economic and business development resources for the region.

SSC’s tuition rate is considerably lower than most public or private universities. The college also offers special rates for residents of Lake County, IN. Full-time students can attend for just over $3,000 a year within a short distance from home, saving thousands of dollars in additional room and board expenses. SSC’s Financial Aid Office will work to maximize student aid and tuition waivers, and the SSC Foundation offers a wide-range of scholarship opportunities for all students.

The fall “Second Eight-Week” class session begins Monday, October 15, 2012. For more information, to schedule a tour, or to get your college education started at South Suburban College, visit www.ssc.edu or contact the SSC Admissions Office at (708) 210-5718.

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