Community Colleges’ Crucial Role in Powering Local Economies

Vibrant communities have a healthy dose of industry diversity, job growth that spans a variety of skill levels, and residents with the skills and training to fill those new jobs. Every community wants to attract and keep an educated workforce. However, as public investment in higher education lags, most proposals for how to do so carry a hefty price tag.

But new data from an unprecedented analysis of more than 100 million résumés and social profiles show clear patterns of degree-earners’ movement — and may point to a way forward.

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