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COUNCIL CHAIRMAN MEL FRANKLIN LAUDS PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA FOR $7 MILLION INVESTMENT IN PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY SCHOOLS


For Immediate Release: 4/8/2014 3:00 PM

Contact: Angela Rouson 301-952-7484 CouncilMedia@co.pg.md.us

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 CareerConnect Program.

“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.”

Bladensburg 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.”

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