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New and Returning Students Guide

Step 2: Where Do I Begin? | Step 3: Using WebAdvisor | Step 4: Where Do I Find Help/Resources?

Step One: Did You Know?

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Whether you are new or returning to Southwestern College, we’re glad you’re here!

Selecting Southwestern College as the starting point towards your career and academic objectives is a wise decision.  Did you know that community colleges are chosen as the first point of entry to postsecondary education by almost half of all undergraduate students in the United States?

Southwestern College:

  • Promotes the development of essential basic skills
  • Prepares students for transfer to university
  • Provides career technical and workforce development
  • Offers enrichment

Quick Facts about Community Colleges

  • Health care: 59% of new nurses and the majority of other new health-care workers are educated at community colleges.
  • Workforce training: 95% of businesses and organizations that employ community college graduates recommend community college workforce education and training programs.
  • International programs: Close to 100,000 international students attend community colleges, about 39% of all international undergraduate students in the United States.
  • Homeland security: Close to 80% of firefighters, law enforcement officers, and EMTs are credentialed at community colleges.
  • Online education:  Students at 41% of public community colleges can earn a degree entirely online and 92% of all institutions offer at least one Internet-based course.
  • Earnings: The average expected lifetime earnings for a graduate with an associate degree are $1.6 million, about $.4 million more than a high school graduate earns.
*Data derived from the most current information available as of January 2008 from the American Association of Community Colleges

 

Step 2: Where Do I Begin? | Step Three: Using WebAdvisor | Step Four: Where Do I Find Help/Resources?