Adult Education: Retraining in South Bend

It was an irrefutable bit of logic that forced South Bend, Ind., to open job-training schools: minimal relief for 6,900 workers let out by Studebaker Corp. last December would cost about $1,000,000 a year more than a big program to retrain them. Now, as a result of the economic blow that it suffered, South Bend is the patternmaker of a branch of U.S. education that could potentially enroll most of the nation's 4,000,000 unemployed.

Hidden Illiterates. South Bend's effort is a joint venture of the local, state and federal governments, plus the nonprofit...

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