As Millions Seek Work, an Overhaul in Retraining
(New York Times) — TALK to a displaced worker who has just finished a retraining program, and chances are you’re talking to someone who still doesn’t have a job. Lured by promises of seamless re-employment in glamorous careers, many of America’s 14.8 million unemployed have enrolled in expensive adult retraining programs, only to graduate with mountains of debt and credentials no employer cares about. In some cases, these hapless workers are the victims of fly-by-night operations. But others have been through well-intentioned community college programs that simply did not have the resources or structure to devise curriculums that actually prepare students for jobs.