As the fall semester quickly approaches, there are still eligible students on the fence about enrolling at California community college. Prospective students are encouraged to enroll now in classes and plan ahead for future semesters. The benefits can’t be ignored.

Attending a California community college doubles an individual’s chance of finding a job compared to those who do not complete high school. In addition, students who obtain a degree or certificate from a California community college nearly double their earnings within three years, which puts them on track to earn a good living wage and be able to provide for themselves and their families.

Prospective students should first visit ICanGoToCollege.com, a website available in English and Spanish, that includes information about enrollment, the variety of available financial aid opportunities, transfer and career training programs offered at community colleges all in one central location. The website also offers a short online Career Opportunities quiz that can help prospective students learn about potential career paths that might interest them.

California community colleges are the largest provider of workforce training in the nation, making them significant contributors to the state’s pipeline of talent for high-demand industries. In fact, there are more than 200 career training opportunities available at the 116 California community colleges statewide. Additionally, students can transfer to a four-year university or college with guaranteed junior status after completing two years at a community college.

Community colleges offer flexible scheduling and access to helpful resources allowing students to remain home or close to home. Support services are also available at community colleges to help with tutoring, counseling, career planning and health and wellness. Additionally, financial aid is available year-round to help cover many of the costs for attending a community college.

As added incentive, current and prospective community college students that enroll for the fall 2021semester have a chance at winning a $5,000 scholarship to help pay for college. Students should visitICanGoToCollege.com to enter the I Can Win $5,000 For College Sweepstakes before September 26th.

The time is now for prospective students to start planning for their future. Visit ICanGoToCollege.com today to learn more, enroll in classes and apply for financial aid to help cover college costs like books, supplies and sometimes even the rent.

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