President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were at the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center campus in Oakdale Wednesday to unveil the administration’s new job training initiatives.
Obama called CCAC’s mechatronics program an outstanding model of job-driven training that he wants to see replicated across the country.
The program trains workers for high-tech manufacturing jobs in as little as six months.
Obama announced a series of executive actions that will use existing funds to incentivize the creation of such job training programs, particularly those that bring together community colleges and employers to develop curricula.
They’re also looking toward apprenticeship programs that make it easier for people to “earn while they learn” and help veterans find well-paying jobs.
Obama said this across-the-board reform of federal training programs is part of the promise he made in his State of the Union speech in January.