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Community colleges provide low-cost higher education, job training and retraining, English classes for immigrants and remedial reading, writing and ‘rithmetic for reformed slackers. If the community colleges don’t work, social mobility doesn’t work.  Community College Spotlight will link to news and analysis about this often neglected sector of our education system and provide a forum for discussion and debate.

Joanne Jacobs is the writer. A community college student during periods of unemployment (Darkroom Photography, Writing for Radio, TV and Film, Weight Training for Women, Spanish), she was a San Jose Mercury News and Knight-Ridder editorial writer and op-ed columnist for many years. An education blogger since 2001, Jacobs is the author of Our School: The Inspiring Story of Two Teachers, One Big Idea and the Charter School That Beat the Odds(Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).

Community College Spotlight is published by The Hechinger Report, a non-profit, non-partisan news site supported by funding from Lumina Foundation for Education, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Foundation for Child Development and the Joyce Foundation.

Views expressed on the blog are those of Joanne Jacobs and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The Hechinger Report or the Hechinger Institute.

Contact her at joanne (at) joannejacobs (dot) com.

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