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[翻译]Education Report - Community Colleges in the United States

来源:慢速英语   时间:2014-03-21 12:52:24

From VOA Learning English, this is the Education Report.

这里是美国之音慢速英语教育报道。

Suppose you are thinking about attending college in the United States, but perhaps you might not be ready for a university with a four-year program. About 88,000 international students have found solution. They are attending U.S. community colleges, such colleges are sometimes called junior colleges. They offer two years of education above the secondary or high school level.

假如你正考虑到美国上大学,但也许你又不够条件就读四年制大学。大约8.8万名国际学生已经找到了这个问题的解决方案。他们就读了美国的社区学院。这类学院有时也被称为初级学院,它们提供中学或高中以上水平的两年制教育。

Community college students can choose from subjects like medical assistance,computer science or law enforcement. At the end of their study program, they receive a document of completion, called a certificate.

社区学院学生可以选择医护、计算机科学或执法等学科。学习课程结束后,学生们将获得结业证书。

Other students work toward an associate degree in traditional academic subjects like Science or History. Some students with associate degrees move on to attend a four-year college or university. They may have only two years of study left before they receive a bachelor's degree.

其他学生则攻读传统学术学科的副学士学位,像科学或历史。有些获得副学士学位的学生将继续就读四年制学院或大学。他们可能只剩两年的学习就能获得学士学位。

Many educational experts agree that saving money is a good reason to consider a community college. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) says, a public two-year college costs average of 3,000 dollar a year, that is true if the student lives in the same state as the school. A student at a four-year public college may pay more than 8,500 dollars a year for classes and user fees, that does not include books and other materials.

许多教育专家认为,省钱是考虑社区学院的一个很好的理由。美国社区学院协会表示,一所两年制公立学院的平均费用是3000美元每年,前提是该学生居住在学校同一个州。四年制公立大学的学生每年可能需要付8500美元用于课程和学籍费,这还不包括书籍和其它材料的费用。

International students may need more preparation in English before entering a four-year school in the United States. For example, Istrif Montgomery came to the U.S. from Kaseva in 2006. He soon were graduated from the University of Maryland's University College, but he did not begin his college level education at the university.

国际学生在进入美国四年制大学前需要更多英语方面的准备。例如,蒙哥马利(Istrif Montgomery)2006年从科索沃来到美国。他很快从马里兰大学的大学学院毕业,但他并不是在该大学开始他的大学阶段教育。

First, he spent three years at a Maryland junior college with, by chance, the same name as his last name. He worked to improve his English at Montgomery college for a year, then for the next two years, he attended classes in basic subjects.

首先,他花了三年时间在马里兰市一所恰好和他同名的初级学院学习。他在蒙哥马利学院学习了一年提高英语,然后在接下来的两年就读基础学科课程。

Some international students at two-year colleges need to find a place to live. Most community colleges do not provide student housing on their grounds. But Mr Montgomery had a home near by.

一些两年制学院的国际学生需要自己找地方住。大多数社区学院不在校内提供学生宿舍。但蒙哥马利先生住在附近。

"It was right there, I was able to drive my bicyle, I was able to walk if I want it."

他说,“我就住在那附近,我可以骑车,如果愿意我也可以走路。”

Scott Crow is with American River College in Sacramento, California. He says most community college students live near their school. For example, he says most American River students live within five to ten miles off the college.

斯科特·克罗(Scott Crow)就读于加州萨克拉门托市的美国河流学院。他说,大部分社区学院学生都住在自己学校附近。他举例说,多数美国河流学院的学生住在距离学校5到10英里范围内。

And that's the Education Report from VOA Learning English. We will have more about community colleges in a future report. You can visit our website at www.voanews.cn. I'm Bob Doughty.