Giovanny Martinez didn't enroll in a community college because he was worried about paying for his education. After four years in the Marine Corps, he had the GI Bill to cover his costs.
Instead, he did it because he needed a new kind of training -- on how to be a student again. The time that the 25-year-old native of Colombia spent in uniform meant he'd gotten out of the habit of studying and test-taking, and that's why he's now at Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch, Texas.
"I came here because it's been probably more than five years since I stepped in a classroom, since high school," says Martinez, who's eying a career in physical therapy. "So [community] college, for me, I thought it was a step into education. So it will get me into a process, will get me used to a university."
Like Martinez, millions of Americans are choosing community college -- and for nearly as many reasons. In addition to being cheaper and shorter than traditional four-year universities, community collegesRead More »from Community Colleges: Higher Ed, Lower Cost