Two-year colleges make the grade

  • Article by: JEFF STRICKLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 10, 2012 - 4:02 PM

Once called "the 13th grade," community college has become a top choice for students hoping to save money -- and find a job.

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ak13741Nov. 11, 1212:10 PM

As an older adult I attended a two year college and acquired an A.A. degree. I had every intention of obtaining a B.A. degree but marriage, three children and helping my former spouse acquire his Juris Doctorate slowed that process down considerably. In the meantime I have continued to accrue college credits and considerable work-related experience. A divorce with no financial support, relocation to the mid-west, inflation and self preservation derailed a 4 year college degree. Currently I have 15+ years in my current profession with many more years of work-related experience prior to this time. I have attempted to advance myself to higher positions but have been thwarted in these attempts by not having a four-year degree. Most recently in my current position with HR indicating that I "don't qualify" for advancement in the same program area due to the lack of a B.A. degree despite my 15+ years in this area. I know I am not the first person to feel like they have had doors slammed in their faces. Only until management and their HR departments accept candidates with A.A. degrees plus their wealth of experience, will two-year colleges really make the grade!

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