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Obama Tells U.S. Students They Must Compete Against China, India

April 7 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama awarded $107 million in grants to help schools revamp their curriculum to better prepare students for success in their chosen career.

“We want to invest in your future,” Obama said at a high school in Bladensburg, Maryland, outside of Washington. Students in India and China, “that’s who you’re competing against,” he said, adding that other countries have a lead in some areas. “We need to outhustle everybody else.”

Bladensburg High School is one of three schools Prince George’s County to share a $7 million grant for “career academies” in health and biosciences, leading to industry-recognized certificates in nursing and pharmacy and college credit for biomedical students.

The CareerConnect program, a competitive grants program run by the Departments of Education and Labor, entices schools to link their education programs with specific skills or experiences to help ensure success.

Much of the emphasis for schools and employer partners is in fields such as mathematics, science, technology and engineering.

The administration is awarding 24 grants, ranging from $2.2 million to Anson County Schools in North Carolina, to $7 million each for the New York City Department of Education, Los Angeles Unified School District and Pike Township School District in Indianapolis.

To contact the reporter on this story: Roger Runningen in Washington at

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Steven Komarow at Justin Blum

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