Community colleges are often seen as the backup option for those who couldn’t get accepted at a “real” school. People mistakenly think that an affordable price tag means a lower quality education. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, in recent years community colleges have undergone a major transformation. Community colleges now feature high-tech modern facilities and a full array of social networking opportunities and activities, along with learning opportunities tailored specifically to the needs of a diverse set of learners.
Despite these advancements, just like four-year institutions, community colleges struggle with retention – particularly because they serve a higher-risk student (single parents, veterans, first generation students, and students with physical/mental challenges). Community colleges can see as much as a 50% retention rate, in some cases much lower.
In order to meet the expectations President Obama set for community colleges – challenging them to educate an additional five million students with degrees, certificates, and other credentials by 2020 – major steps need to be accomplished in terms of retention.
Tawnya L Beermann, Associate Dean of Students & Completion at Western Iowa Tech Community College and author of Life During Community College – Your Guide to Success, will be joining Terry Arndt, President of College Transition Publishing, for a free informational webinar to discuss the initiative Tawnya and her team at WITCC have taken to significantly increase retention rates. In addition, they will be discussing various programming and resources available to enhance existing retention programming.
If you serve as a faculty, staff, adviser, or administrative role at a community college, you need to participate on this free webinar. Even if you only get one take-away from the program, that can take-away could mean the difference in the education of hundreds or thousands of students at your college.
Register Now and be sure to invite your colleagues as well. Space is limited to 100 attendees. And if you can’t attend, register anyway so you can receive the recording of the event.