Community college

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A community college is a type of educational institution. The term can have different meanings in different countries.



Australia has had a system of Technical and Further Education (TAFE) and Community Colleges for many years. Training is conducted under the National Training System, the Australian system for vocational education and training (VET) under the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF), in which employers, the States of Australia, and the Commonwealth Government, formalise a curriculum available for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to teach and assess the competency of students. Courses are part of the Australian Qualifications Framework.

TAFEs or their outlying schools are in most large towns, and cities.

Community Colleges Australia provide affordable education, training & lifestyle courses to their local communities. There are over 50 Community Colleges across New South Wales and Victoria. SGSCC - St George & Sutherland Community College is one of the largest colleges with a 30 year history, the college specialises in Disability, Leisure, Work Skills, School Age and English programs.


In Canada, the 150 institutions that are the rough equivalent of the US community college are usually referred to as "colleges" since in common usage a degree granting institution is almost exclusively a university. In the province of Quebec, even when speaking in English, colleges are called Cégeps for Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel, meaning "College of General and Vocational Education". (The word College can also refer to a private High School in Quebec). Colleges are educational institution providing higher education and tertiary education, granting certificates, diplomas, associate's degrees, and bachelor's degrees. Each Province has its own system of Colleges reflecting the decentralization of the Canadian Education system as provided for in The Constitution Act, 1867. However virtually all of them began in the mid 1960's as a response to the shortage of skilled immigrants as the wave of post second World War II Europeans began to decline just as the Canadian economy was beginning to expand rapidly. The motivation was economic as opposed to the much earlier start in the United States of Junior and Community Colleges which was driven by an integrative social policy.

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