• College education can make a huge difference in your life — and your family’s. It can open doors of opportunity, financially and personally.
  • Your high school diploma is useful. But a college degree increases your chance of employment by nearly 50%. A two-year degree or even some college can have a positive impact on your ability to find and keep a job. ECC will put you on the right path to boost your earning.
  • The average expected lifetime earnings for a graduate with an associate degree are $1.6 million- about $.4 million more than a high school graduate earns (Minding the Dream: The Process and Practice of the American Community College by Gail O. Mellow and Cynthia Heelan, January 2008, page 19).
  • According to the U.S. Department of Education, you can earn higher salaries with college degrees, as indicated below:
4-Year Degree
2-Year Degree
High School
No High School

* This list shows the average salary information collected from survey studies. The “fast facts” in the following pages are also U.S Department of Education figures.

Fast Fact: The higher your education level, the higher your chances of finding and keeping a job.
  • There’s more to a job than a paycheck. Jobs for college graduates typically offer more and better benefits than jobs requiring just a high school diploma. These can include health insurance and retirement plans you may not get at lower-skill jobs.
  • Almost half of all college students in the United States attend community colleges. (Minding the Dream: The Process and Practice of the American Community College, introduction XV) and in most instances the reason is affordability.
  • Tuition and fees for an ECC student are significantly lower than at four year colleges and universities in New Jersey. ECC graduates can transfer to four-year colleges to complete their junior and senior year.
  • ECC sends more transfer students to Rutgers-Newark, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), and Bloomfield College than any other two-year college in New Jersey, many with full scholarships.
  • ECC’s honor students and student athletes are increasingly winning full scholarships to area four-year institutions and some of the nation’s top universities to pursue baccalaureate studies.
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