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Exploring community colleges


Students learn about the benefits of community college and consider whether attending community college could be a good option to help them prepare for their future.

Big idea

Community college can be a good option to consider when preparing for the future.

Essential questions

  • What are some of the benefits of community college?
  • Could community college be a good option after high school for me?


  • Research the benefits of community college
  • Explore a nearby community college that students might consider attending

What students will do

  • Review the College Board’s[1] webpage on frequently asked questions about community college to find at least three benefits of attending community college and to explore one nearby.
  • Use the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard website to learn more about the community college they chose.
  • Answer questions about the college.
  • Write reasons why they would consider attending that community college after high school and reasons why they wouldn’t.

[1] The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau does not endorse this third party or guarantee the accuracy of this third-party information.

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Note: Please remember to consider your students’ accommodations and special needs to ensure that all students are able to participate in a meaningful way.