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Thursday, August 21, 2014

From the New York Times: Seeking New Start, Finding Steep Cost

Workforce Investment Act Leaves Many Jobless and in Debt

(Editor's Note) Millions of Americans have trained for new careers through the $3.1 billion Workforce Investment Act, but many have not found the promised new career and are instead faced with thousands of dollars of debt. 

"When the financial crisis crippled the construction industry seven years ago, Joe DeGrella’s contracting company failed, leaving him looking for what he hoped would be the last job he would ever need.

"He took each step in line with the advice of the federal government: He met with an unemployment counselor who provided him with a list of job titles the Labor Department determined to be in high demand, he picked from among colleges that offered government-certified job-training courses, and he received a federal retraining grant..."

"I've worked my whole life," said DeGrella, who had hoped for a new start as a cardiology technician, but has yet to find a job in the field. "I'm just angry that I was trying to improve myself and my situation, and end up $20,000 in debt."

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