Should I drop college?
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I agree with aMuse. I'm not a programmer, but I've worked in engineering for years. Yes, the degree is important for getting jobs. For most companies it's an absolute requirement. So is experience. If you don't have the degree, a lot of hiring managers will just throw away your resume without even looking at it. Seriously.
While you're there you can take as many programming classes as you can. They certainly have classes in subjects you don't already know. You are young and don't know what direction your future will take. So take as many classes in your field as you can. Throwing in some math and sciences won't hurt either. And learning some hardware can be useful also.
One nice thing about community college in California is they have much better transfer to full uni than most state. For many degrees you can get your entire first two years at community college then transfer to uni as a junior if you want. You can't do that in most states. It's also EXTREMELY cheap compared to other states. (or at least it was when I lived there in the 90s).