Can training programs deliver on their promise of good jobs without a college degree?

By The Christian Science Monitor

Aug 16, 2016

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A growing body of evidence is showing promising career results for people who train in moderately technical skills that employers in manufacturing, IT, and healthcare say they desperately need.

Called “sector-based” or "skills-based" training, this model – of finding out what jobs community businesses need to fill and training people for them – has the potential to re-invigorate workforce development at a precarious time in the country’s economy, supporters say. Still, there are risks; one of the biggest is the threat of training people for very specific jobs skills that may not be transferable to other industries.

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