Community colleges encouraged to apply for grants by vice president

Vice President Joe Biden, Second Lady of the U.S. Jill Biden and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis recently invited community colleges across the country to apply for their share of $500 million in job-training grants.

Part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program, the money will be used to help two-year schools develop training programs and award financial aid such as scholarships. The announcement was made at Davidson County Community College in Thomasville, North Carolina.

"After hearing so many inspiring stories of successful community college career partnerships over the last few days on our bus tour, I am thrilled to join Joe and Secretary Solis to announce the kickoff of a new round of grants makings to our community colleges to train workers with the skills they need for good jobs," Jill Biden said in a statement.

According to WFMY News, Davidson County Community College was the last stop on the vice president's recent tour of two-year schools to promote the connection between community colleges and employment training. During his speech, Vice President Biden said that community colleges were America's best-kept secret in education, and that more should be done to highlight their value to the country's economy.

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