An Open Letter(s): 7 Benefits of Attending Community College

Hi Thomas,

I work with We recently published an article that you may be interested in entitled, “7 Benefits of Attending Community College

I thought perhaps you’d be interested in sharing this article with your readers? After having followed your blog for a while, I feel that this one article would align well with your blog’s subject matter.

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Either way, I hope you continue putting out great content through your blog. It has been a sincere pleasure to read. Thanks for your time!

Florine Church


Dear Florine,

Thank you for following my blog. I’m glad you have enjoyed my writing. It is a good feeling for me when a reader responds positively, and then has something of mutual value to share.

For me, writing a blog is primarily content-creation, an expressive outlet that is used to position the writer/reader relationship in some wider community. It is accurately described as connectivism, reaching out to make connections which in turn make other connections.

So, thank you, again for your response. Yes, of course, I am happy to share your content with the readers of my blog. I have established a permanent link from my website, to your website, and I look forward to mutually sharing content with you in the future.

Best regards,


7 Benefits of Attending Community College

Community colleges are publicly funded two-year institutions that offer higher education courses, certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees. For students just out of high school, as well as adult and nontraditional students, attending a community college has many financial, scheduling, and educational benefits and can be an important first step to completing a four-year degree. If you’re unsure if community college is for you, here are seven benefits to consider.

Small college feel with university resources: The student services available to students of a community college are generally identical to those offered at a four-year institution. Thanks to smaller campuses and fewer numbers of students, there more opportunities at a community college for individual academic advising, career counseling, and otherwise interacting with the school’s academic and administrative staff.

Open admission: Thanks to community colleges’ open admission policy, which stipulates that a high school diploma or GED guarantees admission, students with low high school GPAs who enroll can take time to develop their academic skills and create a college record of better grades. Even if your high school academic record is unimpressive, four-year colleges and universities will take into account the grades you made while at a community college.

Easier transition out of high school: For some, college right after high school can be an overwhelming experience. Many students find the transition from high school to community college easier to handle, and a great way to prepare for a four-year college. High school graduates can use the first year or two at a community college to study and master basic subjects and become acclimated to the academic demands of college-level courses.

You’ll save a lot of money: Tuition at a community college, which on-average amounts to $3,000 a year for full-time tuition, is much lower than tuition at public and private colleges and universities. You can save yourself a significant amount of money by completing some basic, prerequisite courses at a community college and then transferring the credits toward a degree offered by a four-year institution.

Ability to transfer: Many four-year colleges and universities allow community college students to transfer classes, including basic requisites like English 101, basic biology, and basic math, toward a degree. However, you will need to do some research to be sure that the classes you’re taking at a community college can transfer to the specific four-year school you are interested in.

Work, family or other obligations: Community colleges generally offer weekend, evening, and online courses in order to better serve its students who work full-time, part-time, or have family obligations. The mission of community colleges is to provide quality education and flexible scheduling options for so-called nontraditional students, who today actually represent a vast majority of higher education students.

Quick, job oriented certification: If your goal isn’t to transfer from a community college into a bachelor’s program at a four-year school, you have the option of earning credentials or certification in a specific professional field. Many community colleges offer advanced technology training and skill-based education programs that take a year or less to complete.

Source: The Best Degrees



Participating in a MOOC

Currently, there are two ways to find out what learning in a massive, open, online course is like: One, you can participate in such a course, provided you have the time necessary to invest in such a learning experience. When your time is the limited and precious commodity that we all know it to be, you may not be able to participate, however.

Don’t feel bad about that. That’s life, and for the majority of us mortals, we work for a living in a world that will not let us simply employ our time in any pursuit. We have to be selective, to be balanced with the way in which we invest our time. Families, friends, hobbies, rest & relaxation demand an equal share of the 24 hour clock. So, if we can’t participate in a MOOC, that leaves option two available.

Option Two? You can read this book…

My #CCK11 Experience
by Thomas Jerome Baker

Stephen: “On Jan. 17 George Siemens and I will launch the third offering of our online course called ‘Connectivism and Connective Knowledge’ – or CCK11. We use the term ‘connectivism’ to describe a network-based pedagogy. The course itself uses connectivist principles and is therefore an instantiation of the philosophy of teaching and learning we both espouse.” This book is the result of my participation in the #CCK11 course

My #CCK11 Experience


The International Baccalaureate [Kindle Edition]

The International Baccalaureate [Paperback]

The global search for high-quality education, embedded in high-performing education systems, has taken on mythical proportions, almost resembling the alchemists’ quest to turn common metals into gold.

It is my hope that the present day search for global education, equitable and providing equality of opportunity for all, shall not cease until the “gold” we seek, has been found.

I therefore dedicate this book to all the educators, researchers, parents and students the world over, who strive to achieve this elusive goal,high-quality education for all the citizens of the world.

In this endeavour, it is my belief that the International Baccalaureate merits a closer look, based on their more than 40 year history of delivering consistently excellent results.

I add that all of the reflections and views in this book are mine alone, unless otherwise noted, and can not be attributed to my employer or any other organization I am affiliated with, past or present. For any errors or oversights, I bear the complete responsibility.


Amazon Author Page: Thomas Jerome Baker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the Head of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile.

He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago, free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation based professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago.

Thomas is also a past member (2011-2012) of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Ambassador for Chile.

Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total of forty six (46) books overall.

The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.




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Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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