By LincolnRigg

With high unemployment numbers and jobs scarce, college enrollment is the highest it has been in recent years. Unable to find work, recent high school graduates are furthering their education in hopes of finding better paying jobs when they graduate. Recently laid off workers are learning new skills to advance in their former career or to learn a new career.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, community college enrollment was up 10 percent from 2000 to 2006.

This increase is not specific to certain types of areas; enrollment is up across the nation in both rural and urban colleges. As areas are hit with layoffs and hiring freezes and the cost of living rises, unemployed workers are turning to education as a means of getting better jobs after they graduate.

Studies of projected job growth show that nearly 35 percent of new jobs in the next 10 years will require college degrees. With the job market becoming more competitive, workers need new skills and a degree to gain a significant edge among other job applicants.

There has been a surge of financial aid available, especially to single mothers. Many students can get their tuition and books…

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