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Obama says students need help to get ‘in-demand jobs’

President Obama looked at a student’s work during his visit Monday to Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Md. The school was a recipient of the president’s education grant.
President Obama looked at a student’s work during his visit Monday to Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Md. The school was a recipient of the president’s education grant.Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press

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BLADENSBURG, Md. — President Obama on Monday announced more than $100 million in grants for two dozen schools across the country that are helping students gain work experience for what he called the ‘‘in-demand jobs of the future.’’

The money, which comes from fees that companies pay for visas to hire foreign workers for specialized jobs, is the result of an executive order Obama signed last year to better prepare high school students for college or for careers. Students are working on ‘‘cooler stuff than when I was in high school,’’ Obama said as he announced the grants in Washington’s Maryland suburbs.

A total of 24 schools are being awarded the money after a nationwide competition, including schools in Los Angeles, New York, Denver, Indianapolis, and Clinton, S.C.

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