Higher Education for Latinos to Override Job Hurdles

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Latinos workers are young and have the highest participation in the workforce (66.3 percent), but they are also hurt by elevated unemployment (9.3 percent) and poverty (25.6 percent). They are also more likely than other Americans to be employed in the low-wage labor market and work in part-time positions, which rarely afford them access to benefits. Nonetheless, Latinos are building and strengthening our economy. Read in full

 

Earlier this year, Santa-Ana based Corinthian Colleges Inc. commissioned research which found that overcrowding at the state’s community colleges is preventing thousands of Latinos from pursuing higher education. The report, “Left Out, Left Behind: California’s Widening Workforce Training Gap,”  found that the state’s economy is creating good jobs in growing fields such as management, healthcare and the service industry, but its community college system cannot produce nearly enough graduates with the skills necessary to fill them. Read more

 

“We need Latinos,” Moya said. “Latinos are the work force and consumer base of the future.” Steve Moya is the author of new book, “Great Potential: Latinos in a Changing America.” It's why Head Start and other pre-K programs are crucial, why public education must be offered year-round and be focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It's why institutions of higher education shouldn't be businesses, why college costs need to come down and more scholarship and grant monies need to be available. Read in full

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