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Federal funding marked for apprenticeships

The Obama administration is spending $175 million on apprenticeship programs across the country in an effort to grow a skilled workforce.

The Obama administration is spending $175 million on apprenticeship programs across the country in an effort to grow a skilled workforce.

President Obama announced the funding on Wednesday in Michigan, according to The Hill.

In a call with reporters Tuesday afternoon, Labor Secretary Tom Perez said 46 grantees will use the money to develop or expand apprenticeships in high-growth industries such as health care, information technology, high-tech services and advanced manufacturing.

The grants, which are the Department of Labor’s first to focus solely on apprenticeships, are expected to create 34,000 career-training opportunities, Perez said.

The president continued to promote his controversial proposal to provide two free years of community college during a speech Wednesday at Macomb Community College, according to USA Today.

National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich told Trade Only last month that the marine industry and the entire country would be healthier if college debt was addressed.

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