Tagged with President Obama

Obama Puts $100-Million Behind Quest to Improve Tech Training

President Obama announced a $100-million grant competition on Tuesday to encourage educators and executives to come together to let students earn college and industry credentials while still in high school. Redesigned, tech-focused schools would produce students “better equipped for the demands of a high-tech economy,” the president said as he announced the new program, called … Continue reading

It Starts by Making Education a National Mission

“The world is shifting to an innovation economy and nobody does innovation better than America,” President Obama said yesterday in Osawatomie, Kan., as he laid out a vision for broad-based prosperity in America. The President said that education is the foundation for the prosperity – and our world-class colleges and universities will help build that … Continue reading

To Prevent Sexual Assault, White House Issues Challenge: Build an App

The Obama administration’s latest effort to stem sexual abuse on college campuses borrows heavily from the onetime iPhone slogan: “there’s an app for that.” Or, there should be, say executives. Today the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, with the Department of Health and Human Services, announced a contest to develop a smartphone app to … Continue reading

The President and American Business Leaders Announce New Commitments

On July 18th, the President hosted an education roundtable with key leaders in both the private and public sectors to discuss ways we can ensure a competitive American workforce. The attendees, including business leaders, Secretary Duncan, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, and General Colin and Mrs. Alma Powell of the America’s Promise … Continue reading

Career and Technical Education Must Prove Its Value

The mission of the nation’s career- and technical-education programs must change so that more students can earn a postsecondary credential or an industry-recognized certification rather than just a high-school diploma, the U.S. education secretary said on Tuesday. In remarks during the joint spring meeting here of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical … Continue reading

Obama Holds Out Research as Rare Exception From Budget Cuts

President Obama on Monday proposed budget increases for the leading sources of federal money for university research, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, setting up a showdown with Republicans seeking steep governmentwide spending cuts. Declaring an exception to what both parties see as an overall need for painful reductions in … Continue reading

Immigration Vote Leaves Obama’s Policy in Disarray

The vote by the Senate on Saturday to block a bill to grant legal status to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrant students was a painful setback to an emerging movement of immigrants and also appeared to leave the immigration policy of the Obama administration, which has supported the bill and the movement, in disarray. … Continue reading

President Obama to Announce Launch of Skills for America’s Future

WASHINGTON — Today at a meeting of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB), President Obama will announce the launch of Skills for America’s Future, a new, industry-led initiative to dramatically improve industry partnerships with community colleges and build a nation-wide network to maximize workforce development strategies, job training programs, and job placement.

President Obama said, “We want to make it easier to join students looking for jobs with businesses looking to hire. We want to put community colleges and employers together to create programs that match curricula in the classroom with the needs of the boardroom. Skills for America’s Future would help connect more employers, schools, and other job training providers, and help them share knowledge about what practices work best. The goal is to ensure there are strong partnerships between growing industries and community college or training programs in every state in the country.” Continue reading