WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs.
They are making the announcement Wednesday at a community college in the western Pennsylvania borough of Oakdale.
Administration officials say too many businesses cannot find skilled workers for jobs they need to fill. 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.
Although the economy is improving, unemployment remains stubbornly high at 6.7 percent and Obama says more must be done to create jobs.