Out of work and back to school?

Layoffs and downsizing have caused many workers to broaden their skills and improve their job prospects by going back to school.

Enrollment at Georgia’s universities, colleges and technical schools is at an all-time high. There are more than 300,000 students enrolled in University System of Georgia campuses, an increase of more than 50,000 from 2004. Almost 38,000 of those students are older than 25, and many higher educational officials expect that trend to continue.

With 28 campuses and 600 programs aimed at placing graduates in high-demand jobs, the Technical College System of Georgia is growing even more quickly. A record 109,548 students are enrolled in state technical schools this quarter, a 26 percent jump compared to 2009.

Has the job market sent you back to the classroom to improve your marketability? Do you think it will help you find a better job?

5 comments Add your comment

Ljohnson

March 9th, 2010
7:14 pm

I got laid off from a good job and now attend school to get a nursing degree. That field has plenty of growth and will provide me with a decent future. It’s hard but at least I’ll have a job with promise.

George

March 10th, 2010
11:58 am

I lost my job at a meat packing plant in Minnesota. It turned out to be a blessing because I went back to school and now earn a good living making bamboo canoes.

Antoinette

March 27th, 2010
3:17 pm

There aren’t any job’s here! Let’s stop lying to ourselves and others. Student graduting from college can’t find a job. I wouldn’t tell people to move here. They will get stuck and will not be able to get out. I wounder how people are supporting themselves they must be doing something illegal to suppliment their income that’s how bad it is.

Carlos

March 31st, 2010
12:47 pm

@Antoinette

Read Ljohnson posts. You need to go where the jobs are.

Shaun

April 7th, 2010
4:23 pm

I feel like I’m between a rock and a hard place, literally. I’ve been unemployed for over a year and I would love to go back to college. I have my Bachelors but I would like to become certified as a Culinary Nutrition Manager or Meeting Planner. Now what I would really love is to start my own company. Starting to write a Business Plan, gosh! That’s a JOB in and of itself. My dilemna for college, is paying for it. I don’t want to create any new debt. I’m overwhelmed with email ads about,”getting your degree, FREE scholarships, Moms4Scholarships, so on and so forth.” My question is how can I go back to college & pay very minimal?