How is a community college going to fix the major afflictions facing the Valley? The problems with Valley stem from many sources, but the lack of a community college is not one of them. The only benefit I can see is a job source for umemployed citizens. There are more pressing issues beyond this debate.
Yes. Community colleges like Sinclair in the Dayton area are fulfilling a valuable mission in their communities. The state has recognized that the current system in the Mahoning valley with county adult career centers, Kent branches and parts of YSU all competing in an uncoordinated free for all needs to be changed. Calling it a system at all is not really appropriate. Every metropolitan area of the state except the Mahoning Valley has recognized the need. This doesn’t need to involve building new buildings. It does need to involve a new community college governing board dedicated to its mission. To help understand the mission of community colleges the resources of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges are available. The institutionalized high cost structure of public 4 year universities prevents effective cost efficient instruction that is more appropriately delivered by a community college in an era when the vast majority of high school graduates begin post secondary education.
YSU is your prime leader of advanced educational support in the area. You also have TCTC, MCCC, Choffin and a host of other higher education centers for those not interested in the college experience whether due to cost, length of curriculum, or career. A community college does provide much cheaper tuition, but it also remediates students who didn't do well in high school for whatever reason---maybe this should be addressed at the high school level. YSU openly enrolls all students regardless of academics and most importantly AGE, and will do anything to bring a student up to an educational level that can let him/her get a degree---committment is the key! Stop babying the failures and whiners in life...If you want it bad enough---you will find a way to succeed. The old saying goes "Stop giving handouts, but rather a helping hand, and each one teach one!
Anyone who is opposed to the community college doesn't understand what a community college is. It's not a "remedial college" where they fix problems from high school, nor is it a vocational school. Community colleges offer educational opportunities that aren't met by high schools or colleges. The Youngstown area needs more trained and educated workers to attract businesses, and community colleges offer the kind of education and training needed. If you are satisfied with Youngstown being a barren wasteland for people looing for jobs, then by all means, diss the community college, but if you or your children or grandchildren care about the future of the area, then put your money where your mouth is and support it.
My sister and my nephew had to go to Cleveland to go to a community college. They never moved back to the Mahoning Valley, they stayed in Clevleand because that's where the jobs are because that's where the community college is. If we want our qualified workers to move away and never come back, then we don't need a community college. If we want employers to come to the Valley, we must support the community college.
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