A community college (sometimes referred to as "junior college", though the latter term is falling out of favor) is a type of educational institution that is geared towards local students with different needs.
Generally community colleges offer localized programs geared toward the prevailing workforce (mainly vocational offerings such as auto repair, welding, and similar programs) as well as freshman and sophomore level classes which can transfer to a four-year university (some states require that public community college transcripts from that state be accepted by public universities in that state). They typically have smaller classes and libraries than universities.
As of January 2008, 11.5 million students are enrolled in community colleges.
Recently some of them have been offering bachelor's degrees, usually in localized programs, an example is Central Florida Community College.
Community colleges are governed by a board of trustees (which may be elected by local voters), and they then select a president or chancellor to lead the faculty.