President Obama, Joe Biden Announce $600M In Job Grants

obama biden jobsBy Dr. Sinclair Grey III

There’s some good news for employers, employees, and potential employees. On Wednesday, President Obama announced a $600 million grant that will help spur job creation, training, and apprenticeship programs.

In reaction to what many business owners have complained about – the lack of training and/or expertise in a given field, the Obama administration listened and delivered.

With this announcement, many people are now becoming opened to learning a new skill in order to fill vacant positions. One thing that needs to be certain is that there will be jobs waiting for people when they have completed their training program.

In a report by theGrio, “Obama and others in the administration often say community colleges are among the best sources for job training and say learn-on-the-job apprenticeship programs provide some of the most direct paths to well-paying jobs.”

With unemployment at 6.7 percent, Obama and Biden are committed to the effort of creating more jobs. Let’s face it – unemployment at any percentage is too high.

The announcement of the $600 million grant doesn’t need approval by Congress. It will be paid with money that Congressional lawmakers have already authorized for spending. Obama has spent his 2nd term outlining changes that will be implemented without support of Congress. A small step is being taken by the President to create jobs and strengthen the economy.

Much of the grant money will be used to help facilitate job-training programs. “The larger of the two grant programs will put nearly $500 million toward a job training competition run by the Labor Department. Applications will be available starting Wednesday.”

Partnerships will be created with industry associations to develop training programs that will be recognized by employers. Job seekers who enroll in these programs will have the assurance that their new skill will be sufficient for specific vacancies.

According to the administration, “The apprenticeship grant program will begin in the fall and focus, in part, on broad partnerships that create programs in high-growth fields, such as information technology, health care and advanced manufacturing, as well as programs that provide college credit or industry-wide skills certification.”

House Republicans have asked Obama to encourage his allies in the Democratic-control Senate to pass a bill that would restructure duplicate job training programs.

Source: theGrio

Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, activist, author of (5) books, business consultant, life coach, and liberator of persons from all intellectual, social and cultural walks of life. He is a committed advocate for change. Email: drgrey@sinclairgrey.org. Follow him on Twitter @drsinclairgrey. Visit his website: www.sinclairgrey.org

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