Welcome to the American Association of Community College’s CC STATS home page. Here you will find a wide variety of information on community colleges, students who attend our colleges, and our faculty and staff.
Community colleges are a vital part of the postsecondary education delivery system. They serve almost half of the undergraduate students in the United States, providing open access to postsecondary education, preparing students for transfer to 4-year institutions, providing workforce development and skills training, and offering noncredit programs ranging from English as a second language to skills retraining to community enrichment programs or cultural activities.
Globalization is driving changes in our economy, and the need for an educated workforce has never been greater. The majority of new jobs that will be created by 2014 will require some postsecondary education. In addition, the demographics of the workforce are changing. As a result, employers increasingly rely on the very students who currently are least likely to complete their education.
Without community colleges, millions of students and adult learners would not be able to access the education they need to be prepared for further education or the workplace. Community colleges often are the access point for education in a town and a real catalyst for economic development.
For more in-depth information on community colleges, students who attend community colleges, the faculty and staff who work at community colleges, and the vital role community colleges play in their communities, please visit those sections of this site listed on the left.