You won't have to travel far to get a great education with a great career field ahead of you.

Getting a degree can definitely give you a leg up on the competition when it comes to your job. Not to mention, taking specialized classes in your chosen field can boost your chances of moving up the ladder. I'm thankful to have a degree and to be using it every day in my job.

But here's the thing, you don't have to go to a four-year university to get those benefits. There are plenty of community colleges that can provide you with the right tools for a bright future. Some schools even specialize in areas you may be interested in. And it's never too late to get that education!

Recently, WalletHub put together a list of the States with the Best & Worst Community College Systems. These schools are cost-efficient, have great educational outcomes, and stellar career outcomes as well. Specifically, they looked at in-state tuition, student-to-faculty ratio, graduation rates, among other contributing factors of individual schools. From that data they compiled a list of the best states.

Wyoming landed at number 8 on their list-making us one of the best states in the nation. Washington was ranked number one, followed by South Dakota and Minnesota at number two and three. When it comes to individual schools, Sheridan College, Northwest College, and Casper College were the best in the Cowboy State.

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