Economic gaps don't close overnight, but tech training helps build a bridge
To want a strong economy is a no-brainer, but such a luxury doesn’t come with a single snap of a hand or passing of a bill. Success always comes at a price; in this case, rapid economic growth in cities is commonly associated with an increased level of income inequality. As the economy grows overall, in other words, those with higher incomes thrive while those with lower incomes remain stagnant - and eventually fall behind.
While this would seem to negatively affect only those living on the lower end of the economic spectrum, a 2017 study by the Urban Instituteillustrates that a bigger economic gap between a city’s wealthiest citizens and its most impoverished ones can result in consequences for everyone. Economic gaps are, in large part, a product of unevenly distributed opportunities. Some individuals are brought up in an environment where pursuing higher education is a baseline expectation, while for others this idea is completely foreign. There are clear correlations between education and income level, so it’s not hard to deduce how differences in access to education create a widening gap.
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