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States Turn to Colleges to Help Reinvent Economies and Retrain Workers

Fabrizio Costantini for the Chronicle

Students work in a garage/lab on the campus of Macomb Community College in Warren, MI. Macomb Community College, outside Detroit, has long had a mission that is “narrow and deep," says its president. The college serves as the training ground for all manner of auto industry workers, from auto-parts manufacturing to autobody design.
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Deserted factories and dying Midwestern industrial towns have become well-worn symbols of the nation's economic woes. Indeed, as economies that once thrived on manufacturing continued to deteriorate, revenues tumbled in many Midwestern states in...

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