Unemployment bills, Community college enrollment

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We hear from a Republican state lawmaker on proposed bills to cut back Wisconsin unemployment benefits and other social safety net programs. Then, a WPR reporter and a community college official help us understand why enrollment is down for these smaller institutions.

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  • Why enrollment at community colleges are declining

    New data shows that student enrollment at the nation’s community colleges is down 15 percent from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. We look at why the two-year schools are being hit particularly hard and what’s being done to recruit and retain students.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director
  • Rachael Vasquez Producer
  • Bill Martens Producer
  • Chris Kapenga Guest
  • Andrew Stettner Guest
  • Rich Kremer Guest
  • Martha Parham Guest