“There was a time when community colleges had an inverse relationship with the economy. The economy’s up, enrollments down; economy’s down, enrollments up. Well, we’re in a new norm,” said Kay Frances-Garland of Saint Paul College.
Protesters demonstrated in Minneapolis in support of Palestinians on Tuesday, as several Jewish organizations expressed solidarity with Israel.
“I think it shows that when it comes to the issues, there are areas where we can come together,” said Rep. Jamie Long, “and that includes making sure that we have a workforce that is inclusive, that is ready for taking the jobs.”
“It’s a very scary feeling to know that all this is happening right outside of our doors, right in our streets, right in our community, and it feels like we’re not supported or not cared for in a way that we should be,” said student Aniya Bailey.
The Minnesota Department of Education is required to spend some of the funds on addressing learning loss, through enrichment — i.e. learning activities beyond the school day, including after-school programs — and summer learning.