The Changing Focus of Community Colleges

This article from the New York Times highlights the changes taking place in community colleges. According the the Bureau of Labor and Statistics there are nearly 13 million Americans still out of work, but there are nearly 3.5 million job openings in the U.S. Many employers report that while there are a lot of people looking for work, they are having a difficult time finding potential employees with the right skills. Across the country, community colleges are trying to address this skills gap by becoming more focused on the needs of employers by developing certificate programs for in-demand skills. The process to create a certificate program is much less onerous than that of creating a degree program or developing credit classes and colleges can put them together and train workers relatively quickly.

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