President Obama put the focus squarely on job training this week in a State of the Union address that touched only briefly on other higher-education issues. Since that speech, on Tuesday, he and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. have been taking that message on the road and promoting enhanced federal job-training programs.
On Thursday, Mr. Obama signed a memorandum authorizing a governmentwide review of federal job-training programs.
And on Friday, at a White House meeting with business leaders, the president is expected to announce additional money for programs to help the long-term unemployed find jobs, including partnerships between community colleges and business leaders.
Some 300 business leaders who have signed pledges to end discrimination against the long-term unemployed when hiring job applicants were invited to Friday’s meeting. <Read more.>