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President Obama’s $100 million Initiative Will Award Grants to Programs Teaching Industry-Relevant Skills

President Barack Obama recently unveiled a $100 million competition aimed at finding new ways to better prepare high-school students for the global high-tech economy.

The program, Youth CareerConnect, will award 25 to 40 grants next year for high schools to team up with higher-education institutions and employers, creating innovative programs that give students industry-relevant education and job skills. Grants would range from $2 million to $7 million. Applicants will be required to pony up matching funds of at least 25 percent.

The closing date for applications is January 27, 2014. For more information, go to: www.doleta.gov/ycc.

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