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These for-profit education companies are cashing in on the recession as the unemployed head back to school.

Every recession has a silver lining, and this one finds it in for-profit education companies. With so many Americans joining the ranks of the unemployed -- the jobless rate stands at 7.6% and is expected to reach 9% this year --acquiring new skills is seen as a way to land a new job. And those who remain employed are padding their résumés with new credentials to stave off layoffs.

Technical schools benefit the most because they can retrain workers quickly for new careers. But even schools that offer associate, bachelor's and master's degrees are getting a piece of the action.

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