Think of an associate degree as the ground floor of higher education. It’s a degree that’s usually completed in two years, often at local community colleges, and it’s perfect for adults who want to earn a degree while they are working. You may want to consider working toward an associate degree if –

  • You want to earn more money. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, you will earn more if you have a college degree.1

  • You want more opportunities. Not only will you be more likely to find a job, but you’ll also be eligible for a wider range of jobs.2

  • You want to save money. It’s substantially less expensive to earn a 2-year associate degree from a community college than a 4-year degree at a traditional university. Then later, if you want to transfer to a 4-year institution, your credits will likely transfer.

  • You want to restart your college education more slowly. An associate degree is a good foundation for a four-year degree if that’s the path you choose later.

  • You’re not sure what your dream job is. Imagine spending the time and money on a 4-year degree, only to find out you aren’t interested in the jobs in your field. Earning an associate degree allows you to explore different fields without as much financial risk.

  • You don’t like big classes. A lot of people prefer the smaller, more intimate atmosphere of classes at a community college. And you’ll definitely get a lot of personal attention and guidance.

  • You have college credits that you don’t want to waste. If you attended college previously, you likely have credits that can be applied toward an associate degree. And degree requirements may have changed since you went to school…so you might be closer than you think to your associate degree.

Here’s a resource to help you

Complete 2 Compete is a state program established to help Mississippi adults identify the clearest pathway to a degree. Their experienced team can help you every step of the way; especially with the help of your C2C coach. Contact us today to find out what we can do for you.

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1,2https://www.bls.gov/emp/chart-unemployment-earnings-education.htm