In a dual visit to Allegheny County on Wednesday, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden announced the availability of $600 million in competitive grants for job training and apprenticeship programs.
Also making the trip to the Community College of Allegheny County – West Hills facility in Oakdale was Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.
Two programs were unveiled, including one which will provide nearly $500 million for a Labor Department job-training competition. It is apparently targeted toward matching businesses and community colleges for job training for the positions those employers need to fill. The rest of the grant money would go toward the expansion of apprenticeship programs.
Biden’s pending review of federal job training programs is due on the President’s desk by the end of July. Meanwhile, many Republicans are saying the administration’s efforts should lean toward streamlining dozens of existing job training programs that duplicate each other.