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Best Value for Iowa College Bound Kids May be Close to Home

March 9, 2009

Des Moines, IA – The recession has a lot of college-aged students and their parents reviewing their education choices, and for many a four-year out-of-state education may be not be the best option. A record number of students are choosing community colleges near home and Des Moine Area Community College (DMACC) President Rob Denson says there is a good reason for it. He says these schools are a great value, especially in these tough economic times, because students come out with a job-ready education.

"We know that the more skills an individual has, the more options they have. DMACC, for example, has over 80 programs that we offer in one- and two-year formats where individuals can pick up skills primarily directed at getting them to work fairly quickly."

Denson says a big concern these days is that the education dollar translates into a job after graduation and community colleges work with local businesses to zero in on the kind of training needed for immediate employment.

"We train people for skills for jobs that are available in the local economy, so we are very closely connected and have very high placement rates upon graduation."

Denson says community colleges have another advantage; transferable credits. He says most four year universities now accept community college credits if students decides to eventually further their education.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - IA