White House Seeks New Funding for Workforce Training

February 4, 2016

The Obama administration plans to ask Congress to approve $2 billion in new funding to help communities fund efforts to prevent students from dropping out of high school and to get them into postsecondary education.

The competitive grant program would be administered by the Departments of Labor and Education and would be awarded to communities “in required partnership with local education, workforce and community organizations,” the White House said. “The departments would encourage proven approaches, such as work-based learning and internships, and re-engagement centers.”

The proposal is part of a broader $5.5 billion package of ideas aimed at helping young people who are out of work and not in school to secure their first jobs.

The administration is also seeking additional money to boost apprenticeship programs and improve data on workforce training program outcomes. President Obama plans to unveil his full budget request next week.

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