President Barack Obama speaks during a tour of a classroom, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center in Oakdale, Pa., before speaking about the importance of jobs-driven skills training in a 21st Century economy. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
OAKDALE, Pa. (AP) — President Barack Obama says it’s more urgent than ever for the U.S. to move forward on job training.
Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are trumpeting $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs.
Obama says not all of today’s good jobs require a four-year college degree. But he says there are no jobs that will pay a lot without specialized training. He says the nation’s best bet is to keep ahead in the global skills race.
Obama says if you’re willing to put in the work, America’s job training system should give you every opportunity.
Obama and Biden are announcing the funds at a community college in the western Pennsylvania borough of Oakdale.
Vice President Joe Biden, left, takes a photo of, from right, Allegheny County, Pa., Executive Rich Fitzpatrick, Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto in front of Air Force One as President Barack Obama arrives at the 171st Air Refueling Wing at the Pennsylvania Air National Guard base in Coraopolis, Pa., Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Obama and Biden came to the Pittsburgh area to speak at a nearby community college about job training grants. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)