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Many community colleges have long offered vocational classes, but legislative efforts to better align educational programs with workforce needs intensified in the wake of the 2008 recession.

Amid a labor shortage that has baffled businesses and slowed the nation’s economic rehabilitation, policymakers, community college administrators and private businesses are fueling new initiatives designed to quickly get students into the workforce. Read more»

More states are allowing certain residents to use their food benefits on select, low-cost restaurant meals.

In the past two years, six states, Including Arizona, have opted in to the little-used federal Restaurant Meals Program that allows older adults, people with disabilities and people experiencing homelessness to use their food benefits on select, low-cost restaurant meals. Read more»

The Biden administration today announced a 25% increase in food stamp benefits, the largest jump in the history of the program which will increase the average monthly benefits under the program now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to $157. Read more»