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Biden touts community colleges in NC

Posted February 24, 2012

— North Carolina's role as a key state for President Barack Obama's re-election prospects got further validation Friday as Vice President Joe Biden visited Davidson County Community College.

Biden joined his wife Jill and U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis as they ended a bus tour in Thomasville, highlighting community colleges. 

"You, the community college, are part of the reason why I'm so absolutely convinced that we can accommodate the good middle class jobs that are coming back to the United States," Biden said.

Their mission is to highlight Obama's proposal to create an $8 billion fund to form partnerships between community colleges and business to train workers in fields that are growing jobs. North Carolina community college students have been mentioned by Obama in the last two State of the Union addresses.

"I promise that your generation is going to hear the word 'insourcing' as much as my generation heard the word 'outsourcing,'" Biden said.

The White House says the "Community College to Career Fund" would train 2 million workers for jobs in potential growth areas such as electronic medical records and cyber security within sectors such as health care, transportation and advanced manufacturing.

Vice president touts community colleges in NC Vice president touts community colleges in NC

A key component of the community college plan would institute "pay for performance" in job training, meaning there would be financial incentives to ensure that trainees find permanent jobs – particularly for programs that place individuals facing the greatest hurdles getting work.

It also would promote training of entrepreneurs, provide grants for state and local government to recruit companies, and support paid internships for low-income community college students.

Jill Biden's bus tour rolled from Ohio through Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia before finishing in Thomasville.

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  • scott34 Feb 27, 2:47 p.m.

    go back to the hill joe,before you doom NC more than bev has already destroyed.

  • Poleaux Feb 24, 7:26 p.m.

    There’s a video on YouTube going around of a guy in the audience nodding off during the speech. Joe is such a joke that he even makes dan Quayle look good.

  • AX MAN Feb 24, 7:24 p.m.

    Is that a picture of Joe Biden or is that Jeff Dunham;s" Walter"

  • vraptor Feb 24, 7:04 p.m.

    hey joe. what did your schedule say? you where going to visit "road island"? huh? it's "rhode island". by 7th grade; our public school students are 2 grades behind the rest of the world.

  • boneymaroney13 Feb 24, 6:54 p.m.

    Wow, I read all the posts and didn't see any in support of Joe. Where are their supporters? Or, is that support only for their Supreme Socialist leader?

  • pastorpaws Feb 24, 6:53 p.m.

    Have you seen Biden's track record? Our community colleges are doomed!

  • Omar Little Feb 24, 6:31 p.m.

    "LOL! What a joke. So, from where are they coming back? No where."

    Ummm...

    http://video.msnbc.msn.com/rock-center/46198559#46491090

  • Ex-Republican Feb 24, 6:28 p.m.

    "Community College to Career Fund" would train 2 million workers"

    That's what the first $1 trillion stimulus was supposed to do. Obama/Biden: more gimmicks and empty promises.

  • Ex-Republican Feb 24, 6:27 p.m.

    "... that we can accommodate the good middle class jobs that are coming back to the United States," Biden

    LOL! What a joke. So, from where are they coming back? No where.

  • arfamr1007 Feb 24, 6:12 p.m.

    Businesses create partnerships with comm colleges as packages to invest in an area when they start. Why should the federal government be involved in this? Biden is dumber than obama

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