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From: Therese S., North Hollywood, CA

I always accept free training whenever I am not working. I am not tied to any one type of job. I don't believe in "careers," but rather in being flexible and open to change. The only thing I ask is that the job not be in a formal environment as I am not happy in such a place. Job training needs to take into account a person's background and prior successes. Since there aren't really a lot of jobs, what people need is to sit back for a while and get more education while they wait for things to pick up again.

I do think the government can drive more jobs by using its own buying to stimulate demand. For example, the military needs a lot of stuff, and to stimulate green economy, it can require that products be reusable, recyclable and energy efficient. It can, for example, buy LED light bulbs, and electricity and fuel from a variety of renewable sources.


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American RadioWorks |
Josipa Roksa and Richard Arum, co-authors of Aspiring Adults Adrift. (Photo:  Social Science Research Council)

Ed researchers: Colleges can do more for students, especially in a bad economy

College is worth the investment. College graduates can't find good jobs. Student loan debt keeps rising, and now tops a trillion dollars. What can be done?

Recent Posts

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 09.11.14

    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

    Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.