The Hechinger Report: Community colleges can be the engine of economic recovery. But first, they must adapt

“Some 16.9 million Americans have been displaced from their jobs because of the pandemic and many of those positions aren’t coming back. Even for those who are still employed, the skills required to keep one’s job are changing fast in virtually every field.

Workers need to be able to develop incremental skills rapidly if they are to stay relevant, and the unemployed need to acquire new ones on the fly. Where should they turn?

America’s 1,100 community colleges represent the obvious infrastructure for reskilling and upskilling a workforce that must be reinvented at scale for a new economy. Yet, for community colleges to live up to their promise, they need to shift their focus.”

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