Updated: Monday, 09 Feb 2009, 10:27 PM EST
Published : Monday, 09 Feb 2009, 4:57 PM EST
HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - In the ABC's of the economy, class sizes at community colleges
are filling up.
"As the economy starts to struggle, people begin to look at their skill set and look at changing careers...naturally that leads to going back to school."
Dr. Michael Summers says Tidewater Community College is an affordable option and flexible for adult students.
"If somebody comes to us that missed the start of semester in January, well we've got another whole collection of classes that start in March."
Classes in workforce development are also up at the Adult Learning Center in Virginia Beach. Students are looking for new skills or to beef up the ones they have says program planner Debbie Turlip.
Hosey Burgess at the Virginia Employment Commission talked to us about taking those skills to the next level. The Virginia Workforce Connection website is a one stop shop for job hunters. 10 On Your Side plugged in southside and found more than 500 jobs ready to be filled.
What jobs are economy-proof? 10 On Your Side did some checking and here's the list: nursing, pharmacy tech, shipyard trades, food services at hotels and hospitals and computer skills.
"I want to be a middle school guidance counselor"
Chrystal Davis will graduate from TCC in May. The 26-year-old believes her job choice is on the right path.
"Just like teachers they're needed. They inspire people to become Bill Gates and inspire people to become people that are very important."
Related links: www.vawc.virginia.gov/
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