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The Value of the Associate's Degree

It’s hard to believe that it’s May already.  At BC3, that means that we are turning our attention to graduation.  On May 17, hundreds of students will walk across the stage to get their diplomas.  For most, this is just the first step in their educational journey.  Some may have transfer plans already lined up, while others are preparing to enter the workforce.  Either way, there has never been a better time to earn an associate degree.

Recent studies prove that the value of an associate degree has never been higher. In his article for, John Marcus writes, “Nearly 30% of Americans with associate degrees now make more than those with bachelor's degrees, according to Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce. In fact, other recent research in several states shows that, on average, community college graduates right out of school make more than graduates of four-year universities.”

In addition, in a recent article written for, Dian Schaffhauser writes, “Earning a two-year degree pays off. Specifically, completing an associate degree yields an average of $4,640 to $7,160 more per year than entering college and not completing a program.”  As you can see, the associate degree is an important and valuable credential to earn.

Finally, research shows that students who transfer to a four-year school after earning an associate degree graduate at a high rate.  “The research found that 71 percent of those transfer students earned a bachelor degree within four years of transferring, with 80 percent either graduating or remaining enrolled.” This is according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

For those starting at BC3 this fall, your journey will begin in a few months.  Between now and then, please know that we are here to help you every step of the way.  Please contact these offices should you need any assistance:

For those about to graduate, congratulates on your success!  For those about to start your journey, congratulations on your decision to attend BC3. It won’t be long before you, too, will be walking across the stage to receive your diploma!