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Job training draws more students to community colleges

Community colleges are drawing more students to job-oriented programs, fewer to classes that lead to an academic degree, reports Joshua Bay on The 74.


A new report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows a 16 percent enrollment gain for community colleges with a vocational focus, usually known as technical colleges, while transfer-focused community colleges inched up by 0.2 percent and remain below pre-pandemic levels.


Popular programs include computer science, business and health.


Most jobs that pay middle-class wages still require a bachelor's degree, says Josh Wyner, founder and executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. It's "troubling" to see fewer young people in the pipeline.


However, deciding to pursue a job credential may be "entirely rational," he concedes. “If a student leaves [a four-year] college without a degree or with a degree that didn’t give them a better life than they would have had if they never attended, they’re going to go back to their communities and when people ask if it was worth it their answer is going to be no.”

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JK Brown
JK Brown
12 Mar

A 4-year degree no longer adds value, except for a few STEM majors. The humanities, social science and -studies majors actually impede the development of human capital. Those with wealthy parents will do okay once they get their inheritance. But the stupid poorer students who get an English, history, etc. are going to suffer since most college students are never exposed to work until they graduate. They have no useful skills. And we seem to be moving to a post-capitalistic age, which will likely look a lot like feudalism by committee.


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