An educational establishment providing a two-year course that either terminates with an associate degree or is the equivalent of the freshman and sophomore years of a four-year undergraduate course. Can also be the junior section of a college or university.
Types of two-year colleges/institutions
A community college is a public school that offers workforce, vocational, continuing education, and academic programs for students to transfer to 4-year institutions. Degrees offered include different level certifications and associate degrees. Community colleges are usually open enrollment, provide low cost tuition, allow students to save by not requiring on-campus living, collaborate with local school districts to provide dual credit coursework, and work with employers to ensure students are prepared for the local workforce.
Technical schools/colleges provide programs specifically to enter the workforce, a specific career, or a trade. Technical schools tend to offer more hands-on programs and do not require as many academic prerequisite courses. These programs are good for students who want to finish quickly and start their careers. Technical schools can be public, private, or for-profit which vary drastically in cost.
A junior college is a school that offers workforce training, vocational, continuing education, and academic programs for students to transfer to 4-year institutions. Junior colleges can be public or private.