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Obama announces job training, community college initiatives during Michigan visit

Sep 10, 2015

President Obama was in Michigan yesterday to roll out new initiatives meant to boost job training and community college enrollment. He said he’ll create a new board meant to promote the idea of two free years of community college.

“Whether it is a bachelor’s degree, an associate’s degree, a journeyman’s card from an apprenticeship program, having a credential above and beyond your high school diploma, that’s the surest ticket to the middle class,” the president said. “And in global competition for jobs and industries, having the best educated workforce in the world is the surest way for America to stay on top.”

The president spoke at Macomb Community College in Warren. That’s where he first announced his initiative to make community college free in 2009. The proposal has been stalled in Congress since.

“We’re not just going to retrain a workforce, we’re going to renew our nation’s promise. We’re going to rebuild our middle class. We’ll remind the world why it is that America’s the greatest county on Earth.”

President Obama also announced $175 million in grants for apprenticeship programs.

You can watch the entire speech here: