Is going to community college a good route?

I'm currently 20 and graduated high school in 2012. I've finally made the decision of going to college and I'm wanting to go for a bs in ee. Doing two years at a community college and then transferring over to a uni. Is this a good route to go? I'm not 100% positive that this is what I want to do and I am afraid of student loans being too much. what should I do? should I just go for a certificate to be an electrician or make the giant leap and do something greater and become an ee? Or maybe both? So many questions, such huge decisions.
posted by Ronnie, Hopkinsville, KY on June 24, 2014

Answer by Jill S. Tietjen P.E.


Yes, I highly encourage you to pursue the community college route on the way to your BS in EE.  Many students – in fact, about half – enroll in community college for the first two years of their engineering education.  It allows the students to finish up many of the basic classes (calculus, chemistry, physics, etc.) at a lower cost than enrolling at the university.  Many universities have what are called “articulation agreements” that specify which classes at the community college transfer in at what credit level.  I say – go for your BS in EE!!! 

Jill S. Tietjen, P.E.