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Not all community college students need a degree

RE “DEGREES of disappointment” (Op-ed, Feb. 16):

In my local community college, 41 percent of the students are over 25 years old. They are balancing family, jobs, and school. Thus they may do their education in steps and prefer quick programs like non-credit occupational training sponsored by employers, and new Labor Department accelerated certificates rather than two- or four-year degrees. They also need financial aid; I encourage local community foundations and business organizations to provide scholarships.

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I question whether a bachelor’s degree is needed in some fields. Nursing, dental hygiene, medical assistant, human services, and criminal justice programs promise good jobs upon completion. Yet they do not require a bachelor’s degree.

Jacquelin Scarbrough

Harwich Port

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