Why Choose QVCC Side

Your Transfer Path to a Bachelor Degree

Why a Community College?

College is a place to explore new things, meet new people, and discover yourself. At Connecticut’s Community Colleges you can take time to try different courses before you decide on the career you want. Experiment with a single course, register for a degree program, or earn college credits for transfer to a four-year college or university. Your community college offers small classes and a personal approach. You’ll be making your own decisions, but there’s help if you need it.

What’s Next?

Counseling services can help you plan your future and connect you with a rewarding career. Even after you start working, you can come back to sharpen your skills through continuing education programs, job-related classes, and certificate programs.

Your Success Matters
At our colleges, all students count.

Connecticut Community Colleges are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Board of Governors for Higher Education. Faculty teaching at community colleges know what it takes to make it in the working world. When you go to a community college, you’re learning the most up-to-date skills and information from proven professionals. Many have earned national awards and grants that recognize their expertise in specialized fields of study. More important, they care about your success- in class and in your career.

Learn to Earn!

What would you do with an extra $600,000? That’s how much more you can earn in a lifetime with college experience. Whatever career path you choose, your earning potential soars with higher education.

Through agreements with many private and public institutions, including the Connecticut State University System and the University of Connecticut, credits earned in degree programs at community colleges can be transferred to most four-year colleges and universities. Complete your associate’s degree, and you can apply many of your credits toward a bachelor’s degree. With low tuition costs and a variety of financial aid programs, it’s like getting a two-year scholarship toward your four year degree. Tuition and fees for a typical three-credit course will cost only $453 in 2010-2011.

High Schoolers Can Earn College Credits For Free!

In College Career Pathways, you can earn up to 15 free college credits in math, science, communications and career courses. A little planning now will go a long way later. Stay in high school and carry through to an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree.

College Career Pathways offers students an opportunity to broaden their education, and explore career options through exposure to the world of work in cooperation with the high growth businesses and industries involved in Connecticut’s economic development.

Students improve their employability and technology skills, add to their resumes, and expand their opportunities in the job market.

High School Partnership

Juniors and seniors, with a B average or better at participating high schools, can take two courses each semester at a nearby community college, earn college credit, and pay only for transportation and books for the courses.

Each college’s Admissions Director can provide information on High School Partnerships, and high school counseling offices can guide students to the free resources offered by College Career Pathways throughout the state.

Guaranteed Admission to UConn and CSUS

The Guaranteed Admissions Program (GAP) with the University of Connecticut assures access for community college graduates interested in earning a bachelor’s degree at the University. Students entering a community college who earn a 3.0 grade average can complete their associate degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences and be assured a place as a third year student in the University’s aligned programs. An expansion of GAP assures that graduates of the CCCs who earn an associate’s degree in a liberal arts transfer program with a 3.3 GPA will be guaranteed admission to UConn’s School of Business. The Dual Admission Program with the four Connecticut State Universities guarantees students admission to the selected CSUS institution upon successful completion of their associate’s degree with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Specific academic programs may have additional requirements.

Real Life Opportunities

As a community college student, you benefit from a learning network that includes expert faculty and state-of-the-art equipment. Photonics and computer laboratories, online libraries, support services and instruction, a nuclear simulator and automotive technology centers- equipped by GM and Toyota- are only a few of the resources available to you to develop your skills.

Sixty-three percent of the 18.9 million new jobs that will be created by 2014 will require some postsecondary education according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Community colleges welcome students from diverse backgrounds. Each  college is committed to providing educational opportunities to all potential students, regardless of race, creed or ethnic background, and they make a special effort to serve non-traditional students, including those with disabilities.

Interested in Technology?


Start at the community college level, and follow a pathway curriculum through the College of Technology that will take you to a four-year degree at the University of Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University, Charter Oak College, Fairfield University, or the University of Hartford. A structured course of study assures that you get what you need to move easily toward your goal.

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