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Nevada College Enrollments up due to Bad Economy

Colleges across Nevada say they are seeing jumps in enrollment as laid off workers or those fearful of losing their jobs seek to update their job skills.

At Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, officials say enrollment is up 6-percent over last year for the spring semester that begins Jan. 24.

The College of Southern Nevada, the state's largest community college with 41,388 students, also is seeing more students enrolling in an effort to land new jobs. School officials say many returning students aren't just seeking to improve their current skills, but are looking into whole new career paths.

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