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More work-training urged for community colleges

President Barack Obama recognized Lanier High School graduate Ruby Vega as an example of how community colleges prepare students for the global economy.

In a speech at the Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Va., Obama announced the expansion of an initiative to improve cooperation between businesses and community colleges to promote workforce development.

“Lighting a spark. That’s what community colleges can do,” Obama said. “And that’s the reason that I’m here today. We’ve got to light more sparks all across America.”

The White House invited a number of students to attend, including Vega, 21, who credits the workforce program at St. Philip’s College with helping her get a job at Lockheed Martin, where she works on aircraft engines while studying for a bachelors degree at Texas A&M San Antonio.

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