Community Colleges and the Military

Community College Week has a good story about the GI Bill and community colleges. According to a study by the American Council on Education, during the 2007-2008 school year more than twice as many military undergraduates were enrolled in community colleges than four-year institutions. Although the study predicts that this gap will close, community colleges are still an overlooked aspect of the GI Bill’s benefits:

“One of the reasons that community colleges are so popular among veterans and military members is that they really have pioneered things like distance learning,” said Matthew Pavelek, editor of GI Jobs, a magazine specializing in helping veterans make the transition from military life. “That allows military members to take courses while they are still in the service. And it makes a big difference that these schools are open enrollment.”

Jesse Singal

Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.