Unemployment Creates New Role, and Pain for Community Colleges

WASHINGTON — On this Labor Day weekend, the unemployment rate is anchored near 10 percent, and experts of all stripes are trying to figure out how to create more jobs. There’s consensus that community colleges help retrain workers for 21st century tasks and provide students the skills that employers increasingly seek, but funding for these vital institutions remains inadequate.

Higher education policy in the nation’s capital focuses most on boosting four-year college graduation rates. However, not all jobs require a college degree, and community colleges increasingly have to choose between preparing students for the modern work force or teaching standard classroom courses toward four-year college education.

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