Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBooker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Former Georgia candidate asks Abrams be given 'space' amid 2020 buzz Biden team denies 'pre-cooked plan' of Abrams as early running-mate pick MORE and other top administration officials will announce Monday that some 71 community colleges across the country have won $450 million in federal grants for career training programs.


Schools receiving the federal funds are required to partner with employers to develop a programs intended to build up skills that are valuable to businesses. Businesses including ExxonMobil, IBM, Delta, JetBlue, CVS, and Habitat for Humanity are among those who have agreed to help create the training programs.

That will include a program in southeast Louisiana where participants who are not ready for college can learn basic reading, writing and math skills in the context of manufacturing and energy careers. Partners including ExxonMobil, Lockheed Martin and Phillips 66 will help develop the curriculum with an eye toward eventually hiring participants for welding, machining, electrical and industrial maintenance jobs. An estimated 1,150 students will work through the program over the next three years.

More than a third of the grantees are working with businesses in the technology and cybersecurity fields, where job openings are growing at twice the national average. Defense contractors including Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Booz Allen, and SpaceX will help schools create information technology training programs.

In Maryland, 14 community colleges throughout the state will develop a two-year degree aligned with the National Security Agency’s guidelines for Security & Information Assurance programs, with hopes of helping more students get jobs with the region’s defense industry.

Labor and community organizations, including the SEIU, Goodwill Industries, Urban League and the United Way will also be involved, helping to connect low-wage workers with the schools’ training programs.

In his State of the Union address, President Obama tasked Biden with completing a comprehensive review of government job training programs. Administration officials have said previously the programs grew out of his conversations with state and local officials, as well as college presidents and business leaders.