One of the most successful and productive educational institutions in our nation is the community college. Begun in 1906 in Joliet, Illinois, with only six students, the idea of the community college spread rapidly throughout America.
Today, these colleges enroll more than 12.3 million students in 1,108 colleges. This represents 45 percent of all undergraduate students in higher education. Aside from the cost to the student, there is an annual cost of more than $38.2 billion in federal, state and local taxes contributed to community colleges.