Community colleges vital to Louisiana, says academic leader

Joe May, president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS), says that these schools are important to the ongoing economic success of the state, reports The News-Star.

May told the news source that community colleges and technical schools face unique challenges that are in danger of being glossed over in favor of traditional four-year colleges.

He added that community colleges were important to ensuring that people can get the training they need to enter skills-based jobs. The way these two-year schools will be funded in the future is something else May feels needs to be addressed.

"Education pays, but so does occupation," May told the news source. "Education always helps, but getting the right education can make a big difference. With state funding being reduced, we've got to continue to change [the community college] business model."

Other states are looking at ways to ensure that community colleges remain accessible. According to the Daily Sundial, California Governor Jerry Brown is considering plans to provide community colleges with more than $218 million in funding.

If you're considering filling out a college application to a community college, talk to your adviser. These schools can be a great way of exploring new subjects while you figure out what major you want to pursue.

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