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President Obama will order an across-the-board review of federal job training programs during a trip to a Wisconsin energy factory on Thursday, the latest in a series of campaign-style events designed to highlight executive actions announced during the State of the Union.

The president’s executive order will direct Vice President Biden to examine how to best reform federal job training programs designed to help American workers learn the skills they need for in-demand jobs. Obama will also announce a competition for a half-billion dollars in federal grants for community colleges to partner with outside employers.

The president will speak at an General Electric engine factory outside of Milwaukee. The company is part of a regional workforce consortium — along with labor unions and nearby colleges — designed to train students in advanced manufacturing and construction techniques. Some students who participate in the program, which includes classroom training and job shadowing, are offered jobs working at the factory. 

The symbolic trip follows visits to a Costco store in Maryland and a steel factory in western Pennsylvania on Wednesday, where Obama also sought to rally support behind proposals he first outlined in his national address.

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