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New Youth CareerConnect Grants for High School Announced

Making good on the administration's promise to invest in high school redesign, today the White House unveiled plans to give up to 40 grants totaling $100 million to high schools that partner with colleges and employers to improve student learning.

Money for the new Youth CareerConnect grant program will come from the U.S. Department of Labor, which will collaborate with the U.S. Department of Education to oversee competition. Grants will range from $2 million to $7 million and be awarded for the 2014-15 school  year.

The administration is looking for schools that work closely with employers to expose student to the world of work, have integrated academic and career-focused learning, provide individualized counseling, and allow students to earn college credit while still in high school, according to the administration's fact sheet on the new program.

(See Politics K-12 for more coverage.)

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