The recession has made retraining workers a growth industry. Vocational schools are booming — especially trucking schools. Last year federal workforce programs trained over 13,000 new truckers. By official counts, these programs have stellar graduation rates and job placement, but our investigation reveals the untold story. For part three in our series on the trucking industry, we meet dozens of trucker trainees who say that instead of new skills and opportunities, their schooling steered them into financial ruin. Also, for the most part, investors go into the stock market knowing the risks – they know that if their investments drop in value, they have to live with the losses. But not all financial losses are a natural part of the ups and downs of the stock market, some investors are taken advantage of or even conned by their brokers. We take a look at a securities arbitration clinic, staffed by law students, which is devoted to helping small investors who’ve lost money due to their broker.
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