Dropping enrollment in community colleges during the pandemic is effectively closing a critical gateway for disadvantaged students, Karina Piser (France, 2017-2019) writes for Teen Vogue.

“Historically, recessions have led to a spike in community college enrollment, as people seek to gain new skills in a troubled job market,” she writes. “But this pandemic has been different. Online learning has been a challenge for students and institutions across the board, but has been particularly difficult for community colleges, which do not benefit from the same resources as four-year institutions.”


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Photo: A drive-thru graduation ceremony at Piedmont Virginia Community College, August 2020 (Piedmont Virginia Community College, Wikimedia Commons)