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A School for Displaced Workers

Add it all up and it does seem that community colleges have critical advantages — direct connections with employers, accredited technical training that is combined with counseling for those who want it, and knowledgeable faculty. No one would argue that the programs being offered by community colleges are big enough and numerous enough to retrain all the workers being displaced. But they are clearly demonstrating a model that could help businesses find the kinds of workers they need for the jobs that otherwise might go unfilled.

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  1. John Moreno Gonzales, “Ailing Factory Towns Face Tougher Road to Recovery,” Associated Press, June 14, 2009: A look at the difficulties workers face in obtaining successful retraining.
  2. John Holusha, “Industry, Government and Labor Try to Plan for Workers’ Obsolescence,” New York Times, June 5, 1988: A snapshot of the retraining debate from more than 20 years ago.
  3. Louis Uchitelle, The Disposable American: Layoffs and Their Consequences (Vintage, 2007): A definitive look by a veteran New York Times correspondent at the problems displaced workers confront.
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