Though most private colleges and universities have seen their enrollments drop as students struggle to afford tuition, some unemployed casualties of the recession are returning to school to acquire more skills and gain familiarity with the economic principals that are impacting their lives.

first tuesday take: Real estate agents will also benefit from additional education available from their local community college or a correspondence course in economics. With a better understanding of economic principles, such as the forces at work in the marketplace and the functioning of the Federal Reserve and US Treasury, agents will be better informed about the economic climate in which they function, and possess the broader perspective needed to weather this economic storm.

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