With the economy swelling unemployment lines, community colleges across the country are bracing for a wave of displaced workers looking to train for new careers. And college officials are trying to predict which jobs -- such as green technologies -- will be most in demand in the post-recession landscape.

"This is a big recession, and that means there's going to be a big increase in enrollment," said Kay McClenney, director of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement in Austin, Texas.

St. Charles Community College in Missouri, serving a county hurt by a precipitous decline in construction, already has an inkling of...

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