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Obama To Announce Federal Grants To Help Prepare Students For Careers

Twenty-four awards, totaling $107 million, will be given across the country to partnerships of education agencies, workforce investment boards, universities and corporations to help them re­design learning so students will graduate “with the knowledge, skills, and industry-relevant education needed to get on the pathway to a successful career, including post-secondary education or registered apprenticeship,” according to a White House official.

The grant program, known as Youth CareerConnect and originally announced last year, is a collaboration between the federal departments of Labor and Education.

The Youth CareerConnect recipients include the Los Angeles Unified School District, which is receiving a $7 million grant to build career academies in six high schools that will focus on health care, biotechnology and other technology-related industries; the New York City Education Department, which is getting nearly $7 million to fund two “early college” high schools where students can obtain associate’s degrees; and the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corp., which is receiving $7 million to enhance its career academies at high schools across the county.