[caption id="attachment_51471" align="alignleft" width="150"] A growing number of working professionals are returning to campuses across the nation.[/caption]

Since the "Great Recession" of 2008, community colleges have sought innovative ways to simultaneously reach wider student audiences and achieve lower costs. American workers are returning to college in record numbers to obtain, finish, or supplement their postsecondary degrees.

Community colleges are responding to their needs by making their programs more flexible. Besides offering online classes, a growing number of schools are scheduling face-to-face classes at all hours of the day and night.


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