Community Colleges Are Key to Shoring Up the U.S. Economy, Report Says

Community-college students need more financial aid, the colleges themselves need more money, and both need to achieve higher standards of success. Meeting those demands is key to improving the competitiveness of the American work force in today's global economy, says a report scheduled to be released by the College Board today.

"We have to win the skills race, and we have to rely on the nation's 1,200 community colleges to do that," said Augustine P. Gallego, one of the