Obama, Biden Speak in Oakdale

By Jim Madalinsky

Published 04/16 2014 06:35PM

Updated 04/17 2014 12:42AM

OAKDALE, ALLEGHENY COUNTY – President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden made a rare joint appearance at the West Hills Center of the Community College of Allegheny County Wednesday, focusing on the importance of job creation.

Obama announced new federal investments from existing funds to help build the relationships between community college and trade schools with local businesses and improve some job training programs. Mr. Biden has been tasked with leading the initiative.

The White House says 87 percent of students who complete hands-on apprenticeships set up by community college find solid middle-class jobs for an average salary of $50,000 per year.

Mr. Obama says there is still a big need nationwide for skilled workers and training programs are one way to start filling those jobs.

“It's never been more important to make sure our folks are trained for the jobs that are there, and for the jobs of the future,” said The President. “We want to replicate your model across the country, you're doing something right that is making a difference in people's lives and we want to spread the word.

“We want to work with national industry associations to help partnerships like these take root all across the country so that anybody in any city, any state can earn the good training they need  to get the good jobs of tomorrow.”

“Investing hiring, here at home and that's because of you,” said Mr. Biden. “America has the best qualified workers in the world"

The President and Vice President did take some time to tour the facility at CCAC. The two also sat down with CBS News Correspondent Major Garrett.

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