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Community Colleges Can Speed the U.S. Recovery

The government should boost investments in two-year colleges and the students they serve.

Give these schools a hand.

Give these schools a hand.

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The coronavirus pandemic has left a vast number of Americans facing the prospect of long-term unemployment. Those who lack post-secondary credentials may take years to find steady, good-paying work, if such opportunities materialize at all.

Community and technical colleges can play a key role in helping these workers gain the education and skills necessary to advance their careers. Yet far from spurring an increase in community-college enrollment, the current crisis is doing the opposite, which threatens to slow the country’s recovery. Policy makers, state and federal, should increase investments in the two-year college system, offer more generous support to students, and create incentives for closer partnerships between colleges and local employers.