Friday, April 1st. April is Community College Month, an observance recognizing the importance of scaled down centers of higher learning to millions of striving Americans. Community, or junior colleges are an American invention that put publicly funded higher education at close-to-home facilities.
The first such institution was Joliet Junior College, opening in Illinois in 1901. Nationwide today, about 1,200 public and independent community colleges serve as local first steps in higher education.
There are over 18 million students enrolled in America’s colleges and universities, including in graduate programs. Some 4.3 million, over one-third of first- and second-year undergraduate students, attend community colleges.
You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.