PHOENIX-Think of the words “community college” and what might come to mind is the cast of the television show “Community.” Students at Greendale Community College seem to be a lot of odd folks, ranging from the mother who is trying to better herself, to a sharp-talking ex-lawyer, to a very young woman who had emotional issues and wasn’t able to attend “normal” college.

But according to panelists at the National Multi Housing Council Student Housing Conference’s “The growth in community college enrollment: An Opportunity?” community colleges are more than institutions for society’s misfits. In addition to providing a solid alternative to traditional education for millions of non-misfit types, the panelists pointed out that community colleges also provided a potential market for student housing.

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