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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

June 22, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Cost of colleges: Community and technical colleges are important bridges to universities

The article “High cost of college: the truth behind the myths” [Local News, June 15] was excellent, especially the link between state budget cuts and higher tuition rates.

However, I’d like to clarify that community and technical college classes are, indeed, rigorous. That’s why our transfer courses qualify for university credits and transfer students are accepted into competitive majors in sciences, math, engineering, computer science and business. Forty percent of bachelor’s degree graduates from Washington public universities start at a community or technical college. They also graduate with similar GPAs and credits earned.

Colleges offer honors programs, and students participate in Phi Theta Kappa, an honors society for two-year colleges. Community Colleges of Spokane and Pierce College participate in American Honors, a national network that puts students on the path to elite universities nationwide.

Our open-door policy means that anyone who wishes to learn is accepted. The work is still rigorous once they enroll.

Struggling students receive intense academic assistance, including “high touch” advising, early warning indicators, mentors, and live tutoring in-person and online.

Community and technical colleges take students from where they are academically to where they need to be, with high quality and rigorous instruction.

Marty Brown, executive director, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

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