Community College Can Pay Off

Contributor: Mark Armstrong
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Updated: 1/03 8:01 pm
Willy Showah is a machine shop instructor for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He knows the value of a college education in today’s job market. Showah says, “Right now, our job placement runs about 98 to 100 percent out of this program. There are plenty of machinist jobs in this area.” The machinist program is just one example of the college's success rate. Showah says you don't have to have a four year degree to be successful, especially in today's work force. Dr. Susan Scaggs says, “We are extremely proud that 92 percent of our graduates are going to be placed in a career field that we helped train them for.” A recent study shows that graduates go on to earn their tuition back in 11 to 26 months, making community college a very good investment. The cost of tuition of course varies depending on the field. For Showah, the real value is watching his students turn out to be all they can be. Showah says, “It's a good feeling to take someone who's not sure what they want to do, and you teach them a trade that is interesting and always growing and changing.” This instructor plans to be there with them every step of the way. The college has a late registration program. You can still start classes for the next couple of weeks.
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