President Barack Obama announced recently an initiative aimed at improving partnerships between community colleges and industries to spur job growth.
It is called "Skills for America" and has the goal of achieving an additional five million community-college graduates by 20-20.
Darrell Brown is one of the many students at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College that have decided to come back and finish school in this weak economy.
"Anybody that furthers their education will be more employable... I don't know if I will but I'm gonna try," said Brown.
Educators say that is their main goal, to provide all students an opportunity.
"We've been in the trenches dealing with issues on the ground.. and providing services in remote areas that would not have educational opportunities," said professor Roy Silver.
Bradley Thomas is another student grateful to take classes at a community college.
He sees it as a means to an end.
He hopes to go on to the University of Kentucky and become a mechanical engineer.
"Community colleges are great and allow you to get your first few years of college in for a much cheaper price than going to state, public, or private institutions," said Thomas.
Within the last decade, Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College officials say their enrollment has doubled.
Educators now serve more students than ever before.
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