April 21, 2011 3:03 PM

Commentary: Colleges price out middle class

In a milestone moment last year, the total amount of debt owed on student loans moved ahead of the nation's collective credit card debt. Students who borrowed money left college with an average debt of $24,000. And many are asking whether a college degree still carries enough weight in the job market to make the cost worthwhile. A growing number of counselors, economists and, yes, academics, are recommending more apprenticeships and vocational training to prepare students for middle-skills jobs.

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