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Vocational education and community/technical college programs should mirror the cities and regions that they serve. Funding also reflects this, as every effort is made to keep tuition and fees at a low cost to students and their families. This is possible in the U.S. because these colleges receive a mix of state and local taxes, as well as special funding from local businesses, grants from the national Education and other departments. During economic downturns community colleges partner with state, federal, and local government to re-train workers for local business and industries to create the programs needed in a specific area or region. If, for example, agriculture is a primary factor in a college’s region, then the local college will have programs to support the farmer and associated community needs. If there is a local mining or food processing industry, the programs should reflect these workforce needs. The same customized approach is taken in Georgia’s regions.