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Obama speaks on expanding job-training opportunities for workers


This news story was published on April 17, 2014.
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NIT – President Obama spoke Wednesday on expanding job-training partnerships between businesses and community colleges. Wednesday afternoon, the President and Vice President Joe Biden visited the Community College of Allegheny County in Oakdale, Pennsylvania to announce progress on that reform.

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker tour a classroom at the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center in Oakdale, Pa., April 16, 2014. Students Zach Kuzma and Stephanie Womack demonstrate equipment that teaches students how to manipulate gears, pulleys, sprockets, etc. to adjust the speed and/or torque of a motor or system. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker tour a classroom at the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center in Oakdale, Pa., April 16, 2014. Students Zach Kuzma and Stephanie Womack demonstrate equipment that teaches students how to manipulate gears, pulleys, sprockets, etc. to adjust the speed and/or torque of a motor or system. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

We’ve asked more community colleges to do what you’ve done here at Allegheny, and that is to figure out what skills local employers are looking for, and then partner with them to help design the curriculums and to prepare the students for those jobs. We want a seamless progression from community college programs to industry-recognized credentials and credit towards a college degree.And today I’m announcing that we’re going to award nearly $500 million to those institutions who are doing it best in all 50 states — using existing money to create opportunity for hardworking folks like you.

Here are more quotes from the President:

“Everybody who works hard and takes responsibility deserves the chance to get ahead.”

“While not all of today’s good jobs require a 4-year…degree, the ones that don’t almost always require some specialized training.”

“For too many middle class Americans, it feels as though the same trends that have been going on for decades are continuing”

“In today’s economy, it’s never been more important to make sure that our folks are trained for the jobs that are there.”

“Everybody has a chance—that’s the idea of America.”

“I want to focus on…training more Americans with the skills they need for the good jobs of today & tomorrow.”

“We’ve got to train more Americans with the skills to fill those jobs.” —President Obama

“Too many Americans, if they are lucky enough to have a job, are working harder and harder just to get by.”

“In today’s economy, it’s never been more important to make sure that our folks are trained for the jobs that are there.”

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