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Moving Working Families ForwardThird Way Policies That Can Work$
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Robert Cherry

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814717189

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814717189.001.0001

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Refocusing Community College Programs

Refocusing Community College Programs

(p.96) 6 Refocusing Community College Programs
Moving Working Families Forward

Robert Cherry

Robert Lerman

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the general education policies at community colleges. Left liberals underline the need to provide access to four-year degree programs for everyone, as they fear that shorter occupational programs will drive students into low-wage, dead-end jobs. However, left liberals often ignore important unintended consequences: if public colleges do not provide these occupational programs, many students will choose to go to for-profit proprietary schools. This then leads to increased student loans and insufficient training for students to obtain certification or employment. Left liberals also often ignore the data about how many young adults do not have the basic skills necessary to be successful in academic programs. For this reason, there may be justification in directing students into occupational and credential programs provided by the community colleges.

Keywords:   education policies, community colleges, left liberals, four-year degree programs, occupational programs

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