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Obama: 100 million for college-prep, apprenticeships

Reform: Schools and Community Colleges
Reform: Schools and Community Colleges

In March of 2014, Obama announced two new contingencies that will aim to better train students for " in-demand jobs in the future" at the high school and college levels.

The proposed Youth CareerConnect grant allocation could provide funds for schools to create career academies and early college transition high schools that focus on preparing students for high influx industries such as health care, technology, and engineering.

Obama expressed, “We’ve got to make sure that our economy works for everybody, not just a few,” opportunities for the middle class are the president’s focus. His initiative will provide opportunities to students who are lacking economic resources, and work to strengthen our community college curricula.

Obama's proposal will assist students in possessing the necessary skills employers are looking with an opportunity for a good wage. The Vice President Joe Biden is leading an across-the- board reform of America's training programs to ensure one core competency: Provide training to Americans with the skills employers want, and help find relevant positions that need immediate occupancy.

At the American Association of Community Colleges' annual convention last month, Biden announced the inception of a new apprenticeship consortium devised of community colleges, businesses, labor unions, and industry organizations. The aforementioned consortium has coordinated efforts to allow students to earn college credit while being paid to learn a trade.

If community colleges agree to support apprenticeships and create partnerships with local businesses, the problem filling jobs with those people who are qualified to fill them could start to decrease. Currently, there are 375,000 people posited as preservice apprenticeship employees nationwide today; that is lower than Great Britain's 2.5 million and even lower the Germany's 7 million in registered apprenticeship programs. This gap needs to record increases so the U.S. can compete with other countries and substantiate our current per capita levels compared to other higher performing countries.

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