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04/07/14

Obama Announces Federal Grants to Help Prepare Students for Careers

Washington Post (04/07/14) Wiggins, Ovetta ; Layton, Lyndsey

President Barack Obama announced the recipients of a new federal grant program called Youth CareerConnect during a visit to a Maryland high school on April 7. The program, a collaborative effort by the Department of Education and the Department of Labor, is designed to better align the education system to meet the demands of the labor market. Twenty-four awards, totaling $107 million, will be given across the country to partnerships of education agencies, workforce investment boards, universities, and corporations working to redesign learning to better prepare students for the career paths they take following high school. Among the award recipients is the New York City Education Department, which will receive almost $7 million to fund two "early college" high schools where students can obtain associate's degrees.
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