You won't have to travel far too 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 Best Community Colleges in the U.S. 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.

SOWELA Technical Community College in Louisiana landed at number 11 on their list. Located in Lake Charles, SOWELA offers associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates. WalletHub ranks them at number nine when it comes to career outcomes, which means your chances of landing a job after school are extremely high.