Community colleges throughout the City University of New York and (CUNY) and the State University of New York (SUNY) have a simple message: Students who complete an associate degree have better prospects for jobs, scholarships and transfer to four-year schools.
Why community colleges?
- About half of all undergraduate students in the country attend community colleges.
- Nearly one million "middle-skill" job openings – positions that require more than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year degree – are projected for New York State by 2018.
- Students who complete an associate degree can expect to earn $400,000 more in a lifetime than a high school graduate.
- Unemployment for community college graduates is typically 30 percent lower than for high school grads.
- New York residents who transfer directly from a SUNY or CUNY two-year college with an associate degree are guaranteed entry to a four-year SUNY college.
- The nation needs more college graduates to stay competitive. The United States used to lead the world in the percentage of 25- to 34-year-olds with college degrees. Now it ranks 12th among 36 developed nations.
What can I do?
- If you are a student, make a commitment to complete your degree.
- Talk to students you know about their plans for completion.
- Take part on Queensborough Completion Day activities.
- If you have completed a degree – particularly an associate degree – tell your story.