Community Colleges Can Be Engines of Economic Recovery (NYTimes)
Our Harvard Kennedy School Faculty Lead David Deming argues that with proper funding and innovation, two-year public colleges can handle job training for millions of people.
"Millions of laid-off American workers need new careers, yet the United States gives much less assistance to job seekers than most other countries.
Community colleges could bridge the gap, partnering with employers and innovators in the private sector to train workers for careers that meet local needs and pay middle-class wages.
But they will be unable to do so unless Congress provides financial relief to state and local governments. When they are needed most, these two-year public institutions are themselves in desperate financial straits."