MD – Today, Prince George’s County received a $7 million grant from the
United States Department of Labor and the Department of Education through
the Youth CareerConnect program. The County was one of 24 recipients from
around the country to receive funding from the $107 million grant program,
designed for high schools and their partners to develop innovative and creative
programs that will help prepare students for success in post-secondary
education and in a highly competitive global workforce.
made the announcement at Bladensburg High School, which is one of three high
schools in Prince George’s County where the program will be offered.
Approximately 2,500 high school students at Bladensburg High School, Fairmont
Heights High School, and Potomac High School will obtain the skills, knowledge,
and dispositions over the next 54 months to successfully embark on college
educations and/or receive industry recognized certifications in IT and
healthcare, making them college and career ready.
“On behalf of the nearly 900,000 citizens and residents of
Prince George’s County, I would like to thank President Obama and his
administration for supporting this County with a $7 million grant that will
enhance our ability to prepare our young people for careers in information
technology and healthcare. This grant is an excellent opportunity for the
talented teachers and students of the Prince George’s County Public Schools and
I congratulate all the partners involved for this unprecedented level of
collaboration with my administration, which ultimately lead to a very thorough
and successful proposal.”
This grant will
be facilitated through a partnership between the Prince George’s County
Economic Development Corporation, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Prince
George’s Community College, Bowie State University, ASHLIN Urban Institute,
Hillside Work Scholarship Connection, Latin American Youth Center, Lockheed
Martin and Dimensions Healthcare System. This was President Obama’s fifth
visit to Prince George’s County since last October and his second visit to a
Prince George’s County Public School this year.
The three high schools chosen are located within County
Executive Baker’s Transforming
Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI),
which was used as the foundation of this grant application. This
innovative initiative is improving the quality of life in some of the County’s
most challenged communities. Early success in these TNI communities is
creating a sense of energy that has spurred groups throughout Prince George’s
County to collaborate in ways they have not in the past.
“Our TNI efforts to date have resulted in a strong
foundation for community engagement and partnership. This grant will help
us firm it up so that it is sustainable for many years to come,” said Baker.
“It is clear that the Obama administration is focused on creating Opportunity
for All and it is incredibly gratifying to know that the strategies we are
using with TNI make a real difference in people’s lives. We anticipate
this funding will be a resource to help thousands of young people realize their
dreams, expand their horizons and prepare them for a better and brighter
The Youth CareerConnect grant
program is designed to encourage America's school districts, institutions of
higher education, the workforce investment system, and their partners to scale
up evidence-based high school models that will transform the high school
experience for America's youth. Youth CareerConnect schools will strengthen
America's talent pipeline through:
Integrated Academic and Career-Focused Learning: Grants will
provide students with education and training that combines rigorous academic
and career-focused curriculum to increase students' employability in in-demand
industries and prepare them for employment, post-secondary education, long-term
occupational skills training, or registered apprenticeships.
Work-Based Learning and Exposure to the World of Work: Strong partnerships will provide work-based learning opportunities. In addition to actual work experience, youth participants will also participate in field trips, job-shadowing, or other types of opportunities that provide students with exposure to different career paths and prepare them for the world of work.
Robust Employer Engagement: Employer partners will provide work-based learning and mentoring, creating a path for students to in-demand industries and occupations including those in information technologies, advanced manufacturing and other science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Employers will also work closely with schools on professional development and training for staff to drive the sustainability of the program over the long term.
Individualized Career and Academic Counseling: As an integral part of the program design, students will be provided with individualized career and academic counseling experiences to strengthen their career and post-secondary awareness and explore opportunities beyond high school.
Integration of Post-secondary Education and Training: Students will participate in education and training, while they are still in high school that leads to credit toward a post-secondary degree or certificate and an industry recognized credential, where appropriate.
To watch video
of the President’s speech and announcement, please click here.
To read The White House Fact Sheet about the Youth CareerConnect grants
please click here.
To read the White House blog post about
the President’s visit to Bladensburg High School, please click here.