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Something that rarely is mentioned is the role businesses used to play in teaching skills to its work force. Schools were expected to provide a well rounded education. Students would graduate and seek employment at companies that trained them in skills. Those employees would then apply and build on those skills as they stayed with the company 20, 25, 30, 35 years.

Businesses often complain that students are not entering the work force ready for employment. It seems, though, that their expectations have changed. Businesses now expect schools to do the training and are not investing in their own employees, probably because businesses no longer expect to have long-term employees.

Lorene LaCava lives in Bird Rock.

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