Immigrants in Community Colleges

Robert T. Teranishi, Carola Suarez-Orozco and Marcelo Suarez-Orozco
Date of Publication: 
April, 2011
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Over the next few decades immigrant youth and children of immigrants will constitute a significant portion of the U.S. workforce. The authors argue that increasing their educational attainment, economic productivity and civic engagement should, thus, be a national priority.

Community colleges offer one particularly important venue for achieving this objective. Because they are conveniently located, cost much less than four-year colleges, feature open admissions, and accommodate students who work or have family responsibilities, community colleges are well suited to meet the educational needs of immigrants who want to obtain an affordable postsecondary education, learn English-language skills, and prepare for the labor market. The authors explore how community colleges can serve immigrant students more effectively.

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Teranishi, R. T., Suarez-Orozco, C. and Suarez-Orozco, M. (2011). Immigrants in Community Colleges. Immigrant Children, 21(1), 153-170.