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Booms, busts and shopping malls: How Texas community colleges are revamping workforce development

Community colleges have long been tasked with developing their region’s workforce. Yet employers often bemoan that they can’t find workers with the knowledge and abilities they need, and several industries have yawning skills gaps.

That’s why earlier this year, Education Dive planned to visit a handful of community colleges in Texas that were either making big strides in preparing their students for in-demand jobs or taking on projects to revitalize their communities. We made it to only one of the colleges before the pandemic cut our trip short, but we were able to speak with representatives of the other schools by phone and email.

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