This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's Community College Spotlight blog.
PBS will air As Goes Janesville this evening.The documentary includes a profile of Cynthia Deegan, a laid-off assembly-line worker who enrolled in a Wisconsin community college to train as a medical lab technician.
When 30 factories closed near Janesville, Wisconsin, laid-off workers turned to Blackhawk Technical College for training in high-demand jobs, writes Sharon Kennedy, the college's chief academic officer, in Community College Times.
Most hadn't done well in high school and were nervous about returning to the classroom. Many struggled with family pressures. While some said their families complained they spent too much time on their studies, others said "their children were studying more because homework had become a family affair."
Watch a preview of the documentary above.