Obama to focus on manufacturing during trip to Virginia

Townhall.com Staff
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Posted: Jun 08, 2011 10:10 AM
Obama to focus on manufacturing during trip to Virginia
President Obama on Wednesday will outline the expansion of a worker-training program intended to boost the manufacturing sector.

The Skills for America’s Future program is an industry-led initiative intended to improve partnerships with community colleges and create easier-to-understand, uniform job-training requirement standards for prospective manufacturing employees. Obama will speak about the program during a trip Wednesday to Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria.

The effort comes amid troubling signs for the economy that represent a huge problem for Obama ahead of his 2012 reelection bid. The unemployment rate ticked up last month as the economy added only 54,000 jobs, and other figures suggest a slowing economy.