a lower division institution similar in role and mission to the Community College. The main distinction is in the scope of the curriculum, i.e.,the junior college is generally less comprehensive than the community college in its "applied" programs and is primarily a transfer institution designed to offer the first two years of a baccalaureate degree.
A two-year education institution offering courses that may be equal to the first two years at a college or university. A junior college also offers two-year degrees (A.A., A.B.A., A.E. for students who wish to begin working after two years.) Junior colleges are private institutions.
In the United States, a junior college (informally, a juco) is a two-year post-secondary school whose main purpose is to provide academic, vocational and professional education. The highest certificate offered by such schools is usually an associate's degree, although many junior college students continue their education at a university or college, transferring some or all of the credit earned at the junior college toward the degree requirements of the four-year school.