Obama Puts $100-Million Behind Quest to Improve Tech Training

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President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited the Pathways in Technology Early College High School, in Brooklyn, N.Y., in October. The White House's new grant initiative could encourage more schools like the Brooklyn institution, where students can graduate with associate degrees in applied science and an inside track to an entry-level job at IBM.

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President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited the Pathways in Technology Early College High School, in Brooklyn, N.Y., in October. The White House's new grant initiative could encourage more schools like the Brooklyn institution, where students can graduate with associate degrees in applied science and an inside track to an entry-level job at IBM.

President Obama announced a $100-million grant competition on Tuesday to encourage educators and executives to come together to let students earn college and industry credentials while still in high school.

Redesigned, tech-focused schools would produce students "better equipped for the demands of a high-tech economy," the president said as he announced the new program, called Youth