Community Colleges Law and Legal Definition

Community Colleges are public colleges offering two-year associate degree programs or shorter programs for vocational certification. Subjects usually dealt with in community colleges are business, health care, automotive and paralegal. In the U.S., community colleges are called junior colleges, technical colleges, or city colleges. These colleges provide higher education and lower-level tertiary education. After the completion of course community colleges grants certificates, diplomas, and associate's degrees.

Salient features of community colleges are:

(1)community colleges are significantly less expensive per credit hour than public or private four-year schools;

(2)community colleges are almost always open admissions;

(3)community colleges specialize in serving live-at-home students and part-time students; and

(3)shorter programs lead to specific professional certifications.