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The late Steve Jobs reportedly urged President Obama to encourage partnerships between community colleges and businesses, an idea he stressed in tonight’s State of the Union speech. Jobs passed away in October after a long battle with cancer.
On Sunday, The Free Lance-Star’s Cathy Jett interviewed Germanna Community College’s Vice President for Workforce Dr. Jeanne Wesley about the skills gap
the president referred to tonight.
The Huffington Post reports:
“To aid the unemployed, Obama proposed a new initiative to train and place 2 million workers in jobs through partnerships with businesses and community colleges, based on existing programs in cities like Charlotte, N.C., Chicago, Orlando and Louisville, Ky. Senior administration officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told HuffPost that Steve Jobs, the legendary and recently deceased figurehead of Apple, urged Obama to put forth such proposals in a past meeting of the two men. Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, was a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama at the speech.