2 Twin Cities Area School Districts Get Millions to Promote Career Education

Updated: 04/07/2014 11:41 AM
Created: 04/07/2014 11:10 AM
By: Megan Stewart

A pair of school districts in the Twin Cities are the recipients of millions of dollars in national grants to promote career education for students, President Barack Obama announced Monday.

Independent School District 196, which serves families in Rosemount, Apple Valley and Eagan, received nearly $3 million and St. Paul Public Schools was given $3.7 million for the president's Youth CareerConnect Program.

The goal of the program is to facilitate a stronger high school, postsecondary and workforce investment system. It also aims to create employer partnerships that are beneficial to young workers.

"We want to reward the schools that are being the most innovative," Obama said during the announcement from a high school in Maryland.

In all, around $107 million has been distributed through 24 CareerConnect grants to local education agencies, workforce investment boards, institutions of higher education and employer partnerships.

Other places that received grants were school districts in Los Angeles and Denver, along with education departments and businesses in New York City, Chicago and Boston.

President Barack Obama smiles while speaking at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Md., on Monday.
Photo: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

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