Obama Announces Push to Train 10K Engineers Yearly

By: AP
By: AP

(AP) - President Barack Obama is announcing details
of a program to train 10,000 new American engineers every year.

Seeking ways to brighten a bleak employment picture, Obama
traveled to Durham, N.C., on Monday to hear job-creation ideas from
the corporate leaders who sit on his jobs council. One idea he
emerged to announce was the engineering training program.

Obama says American companies, like computer chip maker Intel
Corp., need the brightest American workers if they want to continue
as leaders in technology and innovation.

Under the program, Obama says private companies will join the
government to promote education in science, technology, engineering
and math. They'll offer incentives to students to finish their
degrees and help universities pay for their engineering programs.

He also says companies will double the number of summer
internships they offer.

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