MCCC alumna Heather Chandler, president of SealStrip Corp. in Gilbertsville, PA, wrote a compelling editorial about the value of community colleges in the Pottstown Mercury newspaper.
I love community college. With a few degrees from big name schools on my wall, I probably wouldn’t be pegged as the average supporter of what used to be called “13th grade” by kids who had little direction so their parents made them go to community college. But the story told by those who go to community college today is a meaningful one we should all hear. It’s really the epitome of the American story — doing what it takes to make a better life for oneself and one’s family.
Higher education at our major universities isn’t always accessible. Some argue it’s becoming less so — that great divide between the haves and have-nots. Some don’t have the means and/or the option to live the college student lifestyle.
Community colleges bridge those gaps. They make education, at any time in one’s life, and the American dream of a better life, a real possibility for many who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity.