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…