The Economy's Rising Tide

Business takes up the challenge of training its rawest recruits

Lisa Jackson, a 25-year-old mother of two with a high school diploma, had never held a job before last spring. With the end of her welfare benefits looming, Jackson headed to a job fair near her New Carrollton (Md.) home and nabbed a position with a nearby Marriott hotel. When she showed up for work, Marriott immediately enrolled her in a six-week training class. "I was very surprised," Jackson says, of the company's investment in her.

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