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11/19/13

Obama to Unveil Competition to Overhaul High School

Wall Street Journal (11/19/13) P. A3 Banchero, Stephanie

President Barack Obama announced a $100 million competition, modeled after the $4.35 billion Race to the Top initiative, to find new ways to better prepare high-school students for the global high-tech economy. The Youth CareerConnect program would award 25 to 40 grants in 2014 for high schools to partner with higher-education institutions and employers, creating innovative programs that give students industry-relevant education and job skills. The programs will allow students to gain work experience, job-shadow, and earn college credits or industry-recognized credentials. Grants would range from $2 million to $7 million, and applicants would have to match at least 25 percent of the funds.
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