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Leaders support community colleges

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Thursday was a big night for hundreds of Darton College students. Proud parents, friends, and relatives came to see their loved ones get their diplomas at Darton's Cavalier Arena.

Roughly 345 students were in this spring's graduating class. Graduating classes at Darton and other community colleges may keep getting bigger.

The director of Phi Theta Kappa, the largest honor society in higher education, spoke at Thursday's ceremony.

He says more students are attending two year colleges to save money. He says they're getting the same quality education to prepare them for their next step to a four year university.

"We get a lot of students coming straight out of high school who understand it's going to cost 1/3 less money to attend a two year college and then go on to a senior college," said Phi Theta Kappa Director, Rod Risley. "Studies show that the community college students will perform at the same level or better than those students at senior institutions."

Risley says most community colleges also give students the same great opportunities to get involved with student activities too.

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