Detroit, Bankrupt, Looks to Colleges as Partners in Recovery

Fabrizio Costantini for The Chronicle

Stan Urban (in white shirt), who teaches in the Comprehensive Automotive Training program at Macomb Community College, explains a component of electric vehicles, a technology with job prospects.
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A red beam of light hits the wall of an engineering auditorium at Wayne State University. Standing some 30 feet away, Dan Kinkead holds a laser pointer.

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