Training, Education On Obama’s Agenda

Online learning programs will prosper in the coming years, if President Barack Obama has his way.

With the jobless rate in America heading toward 9 percent, Pres. Obama believes that training and education for “the jobs and industries of tomorrow” hold the key to the future of the country.

He has announced proposals that will “open doors to higher education and job-training programs to recently laid-off workers who are receiving unemployment benefits.”

Federal aid for these programs promises to be significant. In particular, the Federal Pell Grant program can provide an individual up to $5,350 for educational costs at community colleges, colleges and universities, and many trade and technical schools.

“Now is the time to change unemployment from a period of ‘wait and see’ to a chance for our workers to train and seek the next opportunity,” Obama says, “so when that new and better day does come around, our people, our industry, and our entire country are ready to make the most of it.”

“In the weeks to come, I will also lay out a fundamental rethinking of our job training, vocational education and community college programs.”

To that end, the Department of Education and the Department of Labor have teamed up to open a Website (www.opportunity.gov) to help workers discover and take advantage of these opportunities.

Online learning programs will prosper in the coming years, if President Barack Obama has his way.

With the jobless rate in America heading toward 9 percent, Pres. Obama believes that training and education for “the jobs and industries of tomorrow” hold the key to the future of the country.

He has announced proposals that will “open doors to higher education and job-training programs to recently laid-off workers who are receiving unemployment benefits.”

Federal aid for these programs promises to be significant. In particular, the Federal Pell Grant program can provide an individual up to $5,350 for educational costs at community colleges, colleges and universities, and many trade and technical schools.

“Now is the time to change unemployment from a period of ‘wait and see’ to a chance for our workers to train and seek the next opportunity,” Obama says, “so when that new and better day does come around, our people, our industry, and our entire country are ready to make the most of it.”

“In the weeks to come, I will also lay out a fundamental rethinking of our job training, vocational education and community college programs.”

To that end, the Department of Education and the Department of Labor have teamed up to open a Website (www.opportunity.gov) to help workers discover and take advantage of these opportunities.

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