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CC transfer students compete well at four-year schools
Posted: 10/14/2013 Centralia College has long reported that students who transfer to a four-year school do just as well academically as those who start out as freshmen at those colleges and universities. A recent study confirms that fact.

The study, produced by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) in cooperation with all Washington public four-year colleges and universities, looked at 20,499 bachelor degree students who graduated in 2011.

Community and technical college transfer students made up 40 percent of all bachelor’s graduates. They graduated with virtually the same number of credits as those who started as freshmen, without many excess, unused credits—an indicator of the smooth transfer between two-year and four-year colleges. GPAs were similar as well.

A major difference is that students who started at Centralia College, or other two-year colleges, saved as much as two-thirds of the cost of tuition and those who stayed at home while attending college saved even more on room and board. Centralia College also has a book loan program, which could offer additional savings for students.

Transfer students graduated in all subjects and comprised 47 percent of all business majors, 46 percent of all health field majors, and 35 percent of all STEM majors (science, technology, engineering, and math).

Remedial education (generally viewed as precollege refresher classes to help ensure student success) at two-year colleges worked in favor of two-year college students. Of the community and technical college transfer students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree, 59 percent took at least one remedial course. That includes 43 percent of STEM transfer graduates and 53 percent of business transfer graduates. Remediation opened the door to a college education first at a community or technical college, and then at a university.

"If your goal is a bachelor’s degree in just about any field of study, it makes sense to start at Centralia College," said Dr. Jim Walton, college president. "By attending Centralia College, you will save money while earning a quality education."

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