By Jon Marcus,
The Hechinger Report
As a top student in high school, Amy Miramontes-Franco knew she was destined for college.
But she surprised even herself when, for financial reasons and because she hadn’t yet decided on a major, she began her higher education at a local community college.
“In all honesty, I had this mentality where I had worked so hard, I didn’t see myself going to a community college because of my negative view of them,” Miramontes said.
Having since graduated from Long Beach City College, a California community college, with a 4.0 grade-point average — at a fraction