My experience at community college was pretty positive. I didn't take any English at that level, but I found that professors there were actually interested in teaching rather than in padding CVs with publications unlike many large university professors I had the sometime (dis)pleasure of taking courses from. I've been to large and small private universities, large and small public universities, community college, bible college, and have gone though both master's and doctoral programs. Some of the best teachers I had were at the community college level. Perhaps my experience isn't representative, but I wouldn't count them out.