As many as 90 million U.S. adults lack the key skills in reading, writing and math to qualify for well-paying jobs, Forbes reports. In addition they may lack personal and social skills sought by employers in today’s labor market.  They are trapped in low-paid, dead-end jobs or worse, in unemployment.

Education is the most powerful arrow in the poverty-fighter’s quiver. Individuals who earn an associate degree earn, on average, about $10,000 more per year than will college dropouts.

Community colleges enroll more than one-third of all post-secondary students in the United States, providing access to higher education for over seven million...

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