Job training for the ‘other half’

The “other half” of Americans — poor, jobless and isolated — desperately need access to job training at community colleges, a professor writes.

Also on Community College Spotlight: To prevent college dropouts, start more students in occupational certificate programs instead of general education.

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  1. Richard Aubrey says:

    Do we have jobs for these folks? What are they? Is the training directed at them? Are there openings? Employers crying for help?

  2. Stacy in NJ says:

    Richard, There’s currently shortage of skilled machinists, joiner, welders, and automation technicians.

    Many small manufacturers in the US have a very difficult time find individuals with the basic skills (mostly basic math) to fill these jobs.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/08/11/eveningnews/main6764731.shtml

  3. Richard Aubrey says:

    Stacy
    True. But the candidates aren’t going to be coming from “the other half”.
    It’s conceivable that the occupational certificate idea might keep a kid who’s bored silly with college-prep-lite from dropping out altogether.