Obama to Propose Community College Aid

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

President Obama on Monday will propose a $8 billion Community College to Career Fund, with the goal of training two million workers for well-paying jobs in high-demand industries, officials said.

The fund, which would need Congressional approval, would be administered jointly by the Departments of Labor and of Education. The money would be used to bolster partnerships between community colleges and businesses to train workers in areas like health care, transportation and advanced manufacturing.

In his State of the Union address, Mr. Obama called for a national commitment to help create an economy built to last by training two million workers with skills that will lead directly to a job.

Mr. Obama has for years sought to expand resources for community colleges, the main source of education and job training for most low-income Americans. In the “American Graduation Initiative” he announced in 2009, Mr. Obama proposed to bolster the work force by producing millions more community college graduates over the next decade. But instead of the $10 billion for community colleges that the administration’s original plan called for, community colleges got just $2 billion for job training.

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