Obama to announce school grants in Prince George's

The Baltimore Sun

President Barack Obama will announce today that Bladensburg High School and two other schools in Prince George's County have won a $7 million federal grant to expand a program that helps students prepare for jobs in the region.

The schools are among 24 winners of a national competition to recognize programs that focus on work skills and connecting students with employers in the region. Obama -- who will announce the grants in Prince George's County today -- will set aside $107 million for the program in all.

Bladensburg High School offers programs in health and bioscience, for instance. With the additional money, students will be able to earn certifications in nursing and pharmacy and earn college credit from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

The effort, which is being funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, will also result in grants for Los Angeles and New York City schools, among others, according to the White House. The administration did not say which other Prince George's County schools would benefit from the grant.

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