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Supporting the “Community”

From the time we were in elementary school, we’re expected to pursue higher education. You’ve heard the rhetoric. “You can’t get a good job if you don’t go to college.”
And now that you’re in community college, odds are you’ve heard another set of rhetoric: “Thirteenth grade,” you’ve heard them call it. “Glorified high school.”
After all, what community college graduate ever made anything of themselves?
Walt Disney, Sarah Palin, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Nick Nolte and NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle to name a few.
For examples even closer to home, just look in the back of the college catalog. You’ll find community college graduates like Sociology professor Kraig Archer, Student Activities Coordinator Carrie Bearss, Business Administration professor Ross Green, new English Department adjunct Bob Kroll “and plenty more,” according to Shawn Starkey.
All of these people – and more – got their start at community colleges and went onto the proverbial “bigger and better things.”
NBC even has a show called “Community” in which a group of societal castoffs have misadventures at a community college. It may make for good television, but it’s not entirely clear what it does to the image of community colleges.
In an episode of “Community,” Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) is happy to have made it into the newspaper. “And this isn’t the school paper, by the way,” Shirley said. “This is a real damn paper. There’s a ‘Marmaduke’ in there.”
One can see how that would rub the Editor-in-Chief of a community college newspaper the wrong way.
The truth is there are many types of community college students, and just as many reasons why people attend them.
None of this seems to stop community college getting a bad rap from certain people. There’s nothing you can do to silence them; what’s important is that you don’t let them get to you.
If you’re a student here at SC4, it’s because you want to further your education. Don’t let someone kick your legs out from under you just because you’re not at a “real college.”
This is a real college. This is a real newspaper. You’re a real student.