Obama Puts Focus On Job Growth And Training Programs

Career College Central summary:

  • In a State of the Union address that centered on job growth and economic opportunity, President Obama called on Congress to increase spending on scientific research, create more manufacturing “hubs” on college campuses, and expand job-training programs at community colleges. Obama also touted his administration’s efforts to provide students with more information about college costs and outcomes, and to graduate more low-income students, mentioning the White House’s recent “College Opportunity Summit” with college leaders. He cited the administration’s efforts to remake career-training high schools, and to limit loan payments for borrowers in income-based repayment.
  • Obama focused on his administration’s recent successes, citing the 150 commitments to expand access that colleges, businesses, and nonprofit organizations made at the summit, and the recent creation of two university-based “manufacturing innovation institutes”—in Raleigh, N.C., and Youngstown, Ohio. The president proposed the public-private innovation centers in 2012, asking Congress to spend $1-billion on 15 such institutes across the country. Lawmakers didn’t act on the plan, so last year he took executive action, creating a $200-million competition for the first three centers. In Tuesday night’s speech, he announced plans to create six more, and urged Congress to pass legislation that would “double that number.”
  • Obama also announced that he had asked Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to lead an “across-the-board reform of America’s training programs. That means more on-the-job training, and more apprenticeships that set a young worker on an upward trajectory for life. It means connecting companies to community colleges that can help design training to fill their specific needs.”

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