I feel fortunate to have worked with or observed four very different universities/colleges: a large state school, a private university with strong religious ties, a well-endowed private university and a community college. They all have their strengths and play an important role in the educational system.
Until I became a fan of State College of Florida, I assumed that a community college was a last resort for graduating seniors. Wow, was I wrong.
Their students are older, are motivated and look to transfer to the four-year institutions. They are learning specific skill sets such as nursing, dental hygiene, medical technology, emergency management, auto repair and the like. They offer sports programs that oftentimes lead to professional careers.
For this and more, I thank the State College of Florida for educating me about the great work they do and the important part community colleges play in the educational arena and the specific needs of the area they reach out to.
D. Ronald Inlow, Associate Vice President Emeritus, Auxiliary Services, University of Richmond
Richmond, Va. and Bradenton