A New Community College Keeps Students on Track With Structure

A New Community College Keeps Students on Track With Structure 4

Mark Abramson for The Chronicle

Students hang out and finish classwork in Guttman’s atrium. Unlike at other community colleges, 
first-year students here are required to enroll full time, so they are on the campus more often.

Alfred Rojas wasn’t sure what to expect when he decided to enroll at Guttman Community College. On one hand, he says, there was much to be excited about. If he graduated, he would become the first on his mother’s side of the family to earn a college degree. Participating in class every day, he thought, would help him overcome his fear of public speaking. And a college education would help him land a job, he reasoned.

But Mr. Rojas, who grew up