Career colleges see job training gap

California’s community colleges can’t meet the demand for career job training, argues a study commissioned by Corinthian Colleges Inc., which operates Heald College and WyoTech automotive schools.

Nearly 2.5 million Californians will be shut out of job training over the next decade, predicts “Left Out, Left Behind: California’s Widening Workforce Training Gap.”  If skilled jobs go unfilled, that will result in $52.2 billion statewide in lost income, the report estimated.

For-profit career colleges can fill the gap, the report argues.

“For-profit colleges are finding it tougher to do business in general these days, but particularly in California,” reports the Sacramento Business Journal.

They’re feeling the effects of negative publicity about the for-profit sector, tighter federal regulatory controls, and a somewhat better economy, meaning that more people can find jobs without turning to college to learn new skills or improve existing ones.

In addition, California has tightened standards for graduation and loan-default rates, disqualifying 80 percent of for-profit schools from the Cal Grant student aid program.

However, the state’s community colleges don’t have enough classroom slots for students who want education and job training.