The modern community college system can be traced back to the end of World War II, when veterans began returning home and sought greater educational opportunities. The Truman Commission report on higher education, which spurred the creation of the modern community college system, also dubbed them “democracy’s college” and touted their importance in educating the American citizenry. “By making higher education available to all for the first time in world history, in a very real sense community colleges have played a historical role in democracy,” said SUNY Broome President Kevin E. Drumm. Today, SUNY Broome continues to be a dynamic presence in the State University of New York system, with a wide range of degree opportunities, exceptional faculty and staff, rich campus life and a dedication to learning, excellence, equity, diversity and innovation. As we often tell our students, “You can go anywhere from here.” That, ultimately, is the mission of all community colleges: to welcome all those who seek education and prepare them to achieve their dreams.
College of Southern Maryland President Dr. Maureen Murphy: It's really important to talk about the value of community colleges. We are the economic engines of our communities. We are democracy's colleges, and we are not competing with anybody except for not going to college. We're the opportunity for people to level the playing field.
Yakima Valley College (YVC) delivers accessible, student-centered education, meeting the needs of its diverse communities by providing learning opportunities in basic literacy; academic, professional, and technical education; and lifelong learning. Our commitment to community, access, and success yields results in closing the achievement gap: in 2017, 55.2% of our students receiving a degree or certificate identified as a person of color, an increase of over 20 percentage points from just ten years prior.
Des Moines Area Community College, a public institution serving the educational and career training needs of Iowans, is committed to the lifelong success of its students. As Iowa’s largest two-year college, DMACC offers 252 programs, certificates and transfer degrees, annually serving more than 70,000 credit and noncredit students on six campuses and six learning centers. Thanks to college-wide innovation, new programs and affordable tuition, DMACC continues to experience solid growth.
For more than 50 years, Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) has proudly served the diverse needs of Anne Arundel County by bringing educational excellence and innovation to our community and region. Students of all ages continually redefine themselves through 225 programs of study and more than 3,500 courses.
Dedicated to meeting the changing needs of individuals and the community, Genesee Community College, a public, open-admission, student-centered college, commits to providing educational experiences which promote intellectual and social growth, workforce and economic development, and global citizenship.
The Alamo Colleges District is dedicated to our mission, empowering our diverse communities for success. We are working hard to ensure everyone in the San Antonio region has access to a quality, affordable education with the support necessary for a clear path from the classroom to a high demand job or transfer to a four year university. The Alamo Colleges District is proud to proclaim its students earned the highest number of degrees and certificates of any two-year college system in Texas and is one of the nation’s top community college degree producers. In 2017, our students earned more than 12,750 degrees at Northeast Lakeview College, Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, San Antonio College and St. Philip’s College. We stand committed to being the best in the nation in student success and performance excellence, and providing the tools necessary for a brighter future for our students and their families.
Community colleges do not have needs. We meet the needs of our students and community through programs and training that lead to opportunity. As the nation’s first public community college, Joliet Junior College has created futures for 116 years. Together we will build the JJC of tomorrow. Together we overcome barriers. And it is only together we succeed.
“The Trustees, President, faculty and staff of Hudson County Community College have been entrusted with providing educational courses and programs that will help the people of our diverse community build better lives. We offer an affordable, quality higher education that enables the people of Hudson County to grow economically, and cultural events and activities that are enriching and enjoyable. We are proud that in 2017 the Equality of Opportunity Project ranked HCCC in the top 120 of 2,200 U.S. higher education institutions for social mobility, making HCCC the only community college in New Jersey’s top ten.” William J. Netchert, Esq., Hudson County Community College Board of Trustees Chair
"My Community College helped me to achieve my dream, which was to graduate from Rutgers University. I set that goal in 1957 and I achieved it when I was 56. I didn’t know that I had the capability until I graduated from Union County College." - Mary Zimmermann, Union 01' and member of the Union County College Board of Trustees. Pictured is Mary Zimmermann and student trustee Zachery Trinidad at the 2018 ACCT Legislative Summit in Washington DC.