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President Tours Tech High School in Texas

Yesterday, President Obama traveled to Austin, Texas for the first stop on a series of Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tours. The president will use these trips to highlight some of the initiatives he put forward in his 2013 State of the Union speech. He spent his time in Austin visiting Manor New Tech High School; a STEM focused high school founded in 2007. The school is based on the New Technology Network model with a curriculum that incorporates modern technology, community partnerships, problem solving, interdisciplinary instruction and project-based learning.

The president toured the facilities and interacted with students in the classroom before giving his remarks to a large gathering at the school. He said that he wanted to visit Manor New Tech High School because he wanted to see students learning real-world skills needed to fill the jobs that are available today. “Our economy can’t succeed unless our young people have the skill that they need to succeed,” said Obama. He went on to describe some of the ways that the school is integrating technical and academic courses while developing internship opportunities with local partners that provide students with hands-on experience.

President Obama closed out his Austin trip by visiting Applied Material, Inc., which specializes in manufacturing microchips for consumer electronics. He talked about the skills gap and the role that CTE plays in training students for careers in high-tech fields. “We should help our workers get the training they need to compete for the industries of tomorrow. No job in America should go unfilled just because we don’t have anybody with the right skills,” said Obama. “And that’s why I want to rethink how our high school kids are prepared. I want to make sure that we’re training two million Americans at our community colleges for skills that will lead directly to a job.”

Additionally, the president announced two new executive actions that he will be implementing; the launching of competitions for three new Manufacturing Innovation Institutes and an executive order requiring that newly released government data be made freely available in open, machine-readable formats that are more easily available to entrepreneurs, researchers, and others who can use that public research and data to develop new products and services.

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