Three Prince George’s
County High Schools Receive CareerConnect Grant Program Funds
Prince George’s County Council Chairman Mel
Franklin (D) – District 9, praised President Barack Obama for awarding $7
million in funding to three Prince George’s County public high schools as a
part of the Youth CareerConnect grant program. The award was
presented by President Obama during an event at Bladensburg High School in
Bladensburg, Maryland on Monday, April 7, 2014.
Bladensburg High School, along with Potomac
High School in Oxon Hill, and Fairmont Heights High School in Capitol Heights,
received the grant awards as a part of the Prince George’s County – Youth
“The success of a community is largely
dependent on the state of its schools,” said Council Chairman Franklin.
“This is more than an investment in our schools; it is a symbol of confidence
in our future. We appreciate the partnership of the Obama Administration
on education in our County and congratulate our winning schools.”
“This is a win-win for Prince George’s
County,” said Council Member Andrea Harrison (D) – District 5, home to
Bladensburg and Fairmont Heights high schools. “We can all take
pride in focusing on students who may face challenging circumstances, and
providing them the types of opportunities they may not otherwise have.
Our children deserve the very best.”
High School will use the funding, in part, to expand the capacity of the
school’s Health & Biosciences Academy, preparing more students for one of
the region’s highest growth industries.
President Obama noted the outstanding work of
Bladensburg High School’s career academies during the award presentation.
“For a couple years now, your career academies have been
integrating classroom learning with ready-to-work skills, and you’re preparing
students to move directly into the in-demand jobs of the future -- jobs in IT
and biosciences and hospitality. And now you’re stepping it up. You’re taking
it to another level.”
All legislative powers of Prince
George’s County are vested in the County Council. The County Council sits
as the District Council on zoning and land use policy, and as the Board of
Health to govern and guide health policy. The County Council meets as a
legislative body on Tuesdays in the Council Hearing Room on the first floor of
the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro. For more
information on the Prince George’s County Council, please visit www.princegeorgescountymd.gov