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At This School, The Gig Economy Offers A Way Out Of A Crappy Job Market

Samaschool trains low-income U.S. students to work on gig platforms like Upwork and TaskRabbit.

In 2013, Kristen Logan lost her job at the local hospital in Merced, California, where she had worked as a secretary for five years. She remembers the exact date—October 17—partly because it was her oldest son’s birthday, but also because it was a turning point in her life. “Jobs in Merced are hard to come by, especially jobs where you can support three kids by yourself,” she says. “Panic mode kicked in.”

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