Job training funds run out

Community colleges are being asked to train Americans for jobs, but workforce training funds are exhausted, many college leaders report. General education classes are cheap; high-tech job training is costly.

Also on Community College Spotlight: Some California colleges no longer offer federal student loans for fear of being penalized for high default rates.

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  1. There is an almost infinite variety of jobs. Businesses can and do train workers for the specifics of their jobs better than schools and colleges can. Increasing the minimum wage and making it difficult to screen employees (for example prohibiting criminal background checks, as some states have done) makes employers reluctant to take a chance on a new, initially unproductive worker.