Community colleges prosper as economy tanks
One worker interviewed for the piece was laid off from Home Depot on a Monday -- and enrolled in classes at Holyoke Community College by Tuesday.
It makes perfect sense, and it seems like there should be a role for the economic stimulus package in making increased education more accessible for workers who have been victimized by the recession. We're already giving people an $8,000 tax credit for buying their first home -- why not also give people an $8,000 tax credit for being enrolled as full-time students, and make it refundable? Pay less than $8,000 in taxes and go to school full-time, get a check from the government.
To me, making it easier -- and providing a short-term incentive for people to make a long-term investment -- for people to go to college makes a lot more sense than trying to prop up the housing market.