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New research from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation tells us community college students who transfer to selective four-year schools perform as well as—or even better than—their peers who come directly from high school.

Yet, lower cost, accessible community colleges are too often subject to dismissive attitudes about “blue collar” employment opportunities and “13th grade.” Parents and schools don’t perceive a community college education as equal to that of a four-year institution – and many high school counselors don’t discuss the community college option with students, particularly high achievers.

At Tidewater Community College, we have thousands of graduates who can attest to their community college education. A few shared their thoughts on Twitter.