A term primarily used in the United States

The term Community College is also used in Canada, however use of this term is limited. 

A "community college" is classified in North America as a junior college, under trilateral agreement between Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Community college, generally refers to an institution that serves the local community and in light of this is in some cases referred to as City CollegeThrough the 1960s and 70s community colleges were almost always referred to as Junior Colleges.   The term "JUCO" is a term created to refer to these schools: JUnior COlleges and in academic and collegiate sports circles, it encompasses all 2 year type institutions including junior colleges, community colleges, city colleges, trade school, technical institutes etc. 

Generally a community college will offer two-year programs and Associate Degrees. These schools are most often characterized by open admissions and a variety of training and educational opportunities that are both specific to the industries of the local community and to the general workplace. Students of community colleges normally have wide ranging educational options.

The variety of options available at community colleges most often include:

  • Associate Degree (normally a two-year degree)
  • Transfer credits (some or all credits are transferable to a four-year college or university and applicable towards a four-year undergraduate degree such as a B.A. or B.S.
  • Transferable degrees (when transferring to four-year colleges or universities some will accept part or all of the Associate Degree as the equivalent or partial equivalent of two of the required four years of coursework required for that degree.)
  • Vocational training
  • Occupational training and professional continuing education
  • Adult basic education
  • Certificate coursework
  • ESL (English as a Second Language)
  • Remedial coursework.
  • Non-credit coursework and training
  • Certificate courses
  • Small business development


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