Obama Ramps Up Federal Focus on Job Training

Obama Ramps Up Federal Focus on Job Training

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President Obama visits a General Electric plant in Waukesha, Wis., on Thursday in one of several events this week highlighting his administration's efforts to enhance federal job-training programs.

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Mandel Ngan, AFP, Getty Images

President Obama visits a General Electric plant in Waukesha, Wis., on Thursday in one of several events this week highlighting his administration's efforts to enhance federal job-training programs.

President Obama put the focus squarely on job training this week in a State of the Union address that touched only briefly on other higher-education issues. Since that speech, on Tuesday, he and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. have been taking that message on the road and promoting enhanced federal job-training programs.

On Thursday, Mr. Obama signed a memorandum authorizing a governmentwide review of federal job-training programs.

And on Friday, at a White House meeting