By Avery Merrick
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – As graduation approaches in two months, many students will be moving on to four-year colleges or entering the workforce.
This is important to those students who are graduating because this will lead them to bigger and better things they can accomplish in life. With an associate’s degree, students who choose not to continue their education can begin working full time.
Students who are graduating with an associate’s degree will earn more money than a high school graduate. Kathryn Baron on the Hechinger Report website writes, “California community college graduates can out-earn workers with bachelor’s and master’s degrees – often by a lot.”
However, some students plan to move forward with their education by going to universities.
Omar Ramos, a 20-year-old freshman at Camden County College, plans to transfer after he graduates. His major is business management, but he wants to become a fashion designer. Like many people, he is choosing a career he loves and enjoys. He does not know to where he wants to transfer after CCC.
“Some people pick colleges not for the right choices. Most kids choose colleges because of the soirees,” Ramos says, noting he wants to go to a university that will give him an opportunity.
Ramos plans to graduate from CCC in the fall of 2017. He says he is “from an urban community (and) wanted to show kids a different life in the ghetto community. You do not have to be what your environment is.”
Alyssa Arsenault plans to graduate from CCC in the fall of 2014. She says she “needed to go to college in order to succeed in life.” Her major is biology and she plans to transfer to Rutgers University. She states she chose Rutgers because of “the distances, the good dental program and sciences in general.”
Thousands graduate from CCC each year, according to the Office of Institutional Research at CCC. In 2010 the number was 1,874. In 2011 it was 2,011. In 2012 it was 1,779.