More evidence that the recession is leading students to community colleges. An article in the Boston Globe reports that more students than ever are enrolled in the Community College of Rhode Island:

College officials say this spring’s enrollment is the second highest in school history, with 17,200 students in credit courses across four campuses, and another 10,000 students taking noncredit classes, from driver’s education to basic computer skills.

Student Caroline Halliwell tells The Providence Journal says she is taking Web development and design classes so she can “retool” and make herself more competitive in the job market.

CCRI is the only community college in Rhode Island and the first stop for many in the state seeking higher education or retraining. The college, like so many training centers across the country, is apparently working to offer more courses to reflect the skills Rhode Island businesses will demand in coming years.

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer