Not for everyone, but might be the best for you.

By: Stacy Liberatore

Not only did you cross the stage to receive your diploma but, you crossed over the threshold of a milestone in your life. Now it is time to make one of the biggest decisions that will affect the rest of your life. Which college are you going to attend?

You have looked at 50 different colleges, done the orientations, but none of them seem to fit you in the right way. Well fear not, community college may just be the way to go.

4 out of 10 high school graduates start their college education at a community college. Community colleges were developed for two major purposes: To serve as a bridge from high school to college by providing courses for transfer students toward a Bachelor degree. The second is to prepare students for the job market, by offering entry-level career training.

If you are paying for college all by yourself, community college seems the best route to take. You can live home, while saving on living expenses. And let’s face it mom’s home cooked meals beats the cafeteria food any day.

Maybe your grades weren’t that great in high school, almost half of us are guilty of that. And all the college letters you received back are nothing but rejection letters. But, when one door closes another one opens. The wonderful thing about community colleges is, they accept everyone! It’s getting that second chance that everyone deserves.

With the economy at an all time low most students have to work at least part-time, if not full-time to get by in today’s world. Juggling a full schedule of classes and a full week of work can be exhausting, but community colleges provide flexible times for classes that seem to fit everyone’s schedule. Since the schools are smaller in attendance compared to a 4 year college/university, the class sizes are smaller. Allowing students to have a better relationship with their professors and seek out the help they may need to obtain a passing grade in the class.

The college you choose can either make you or break you. It is like buying a car, you never jump right into one and drive it off the lot; you sit in the driver seat and imagine yourself cruising down the highway. You have to find the one that fits you. And community colleges seem to fit everyone from every different life with every different plan.

Youth Action Project of San Bernardino to Hold Third Annual Cesar Chavez Day of Service

Volunteers for Youth Action Project of San Bernardino help with community park restoration for Cesar Chavez Day of Service in April of 2009.

On April 3, the Youth Action Project will hold its third annual Cesar Chavez Day of Service in San Bernardino, California.  With the help of community volunteers, the Youth Action Project holds a clean-up project for a community park as part of their annual commemorative community service event; this year’s project will benefit the Provisional Accelerated Learning Center in Muscoy.

The Youth Action Project of San Bernardino is seeking 75 skilled volunteers to take part in the clean-up effort.  Volunteers will help with a variety of tasks including landscaping and removal of dead plants and trees, the building of benches and painting and restoration of the recreation area.  As an added incentive, volunteers who register for Disney Day on the Disney Day Volunteer website will receive a free day pass to the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim.

The Youth Action Project of San Bernardino is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping grade school and high school students to develop critical academic and life skills providing mentoring and tutoring; and improving an environment for with positive, intellectually challenging and stimulating activities for a healthy developmental lifestyle conducive to long term success in life.

Those in the local area can learn more about volunteer opportunities by visiting the San Bernardino Youth Action Project organization website.  Those who do not have the opportunity to volunteer can help by making an online donation or a check donation to the Youth Action Project.