Community Colleges Emerging As Training Centers

| June 13, 2010

Last year President Obama unveiled a $12 billion program, American Graduation Initiative, aimed at helping community colleges train those students who cannot afford to attend traditional four-year institutions and also train new skills to old workers. His efforts to use community colleges as a sort of training avenue is gaining momentum in California, where community colleges are using their space and professors to train local workers in new technologies. According to program officials, “developing highly trained and effective workers is more important than ever for small businesses, which play a major role in the California economy and its recovery.”

The federal government has promised over $2 billion in grant money to community colleges over the next four years as part of an effort to retrain laid off workers and place them in new jobs in their communities. California’s program is mostly free or low cost for small businesses, the largest benefactors of the program.