Community colleges a top option

To the Journal editor:

I don’t think anyone will argue with this statement: college is incredibly expensive. I realized this while researching colleges during my junior year. So, for the sake of fiscal responsibility, I chose to attend a community college — one of the best decisions that I have ever made.

By studying political science at Lansing Community College, I am saving nearly $30,000 in tuition, room, and board. With scholarships included, I will be nearly debt-free when I graduate with my associates degree. I plan on transferring to a four-year institution after that, and LCC will set me up for financial success.The perks of attending a community college goes beyond finances, however.

I have learned that it provides a nice transition between high school and college. You can have a more flexible schedule, attend classes with fewer students, and receive more of an individualized education. For example, I scheduled all of my classes on Monday and Wednesday, allowing me to intern with state Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, on the off days. Interning is extremely beneficial to my future, as it is a great resume builder and gives me real-world experience.

America’s community colleges serve over nine-million students per year, with over 400,000 students in Michigan alone. From Ironwood to Bloomfield Hills, and everywhere in between, these institutions provide unique opportunities for students from all backgrounds. I would like to encourage all high school graduates to consider this route as they continue their education and begin preparing for a career.

Jake Putala