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Establishments in this industry provide academic and occupational courses of study and grant associate degrees, certificates, or diplomas below the baccalaureate level. Major US community colleges include Broward College, Houston Community College, Lone Star College, Miami Dade College, and Northern Virginia Community College.
Community colleges are becoming increasingly popular outside the US. India enrolls about 55,000 community college students; Thailand, some 13,000 (plus another 30,000 in short-term, non-degree programs); and Jordan, 20,000, according to Community College Models.
The US has about 1,700 community colleges with combined annual revenue of about $60 billion.
Institutions that grant baccalaureate and higher-level degrees are covered in the Colleges and Universities profile; business schools, secretarial schools, and technical and trade schools are addressed in the Education & Training Services profile.
Demand for services depends on the demographic composition of the communities that surround a school. There is little competition among schools, because admission is usually restricted to residents of surrounding communities. A large proportion of students are part-time.
About 55 percent of US community colleges are public institutions; the rest are operated by private entities. About 35 percent of the approximately 22 million undergraduate students in the US are enrolled in community colleges.
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Community colleges offer mainly two-year programs of study that prepare students either for transfer to a four-year college or university, or for direct entry into the workforce; they also offer continuing education for workers. ...
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