April 7 - President Obama says creating new jobs, bolstering workers' skills, education, health care, and good wages are keys to growing the economy. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: President Obama announced more than $100 million in grants for high schools across the country that have created innovative ways to help students gain education and real-world work experience. Speaking at Bladensburg High School in Maryland Monday, the President said 24 high schools will be awarded grants. Bladensburg is one of three three high schools in Washington, D.C.'s Maryland suburbs participating in a program called Youth CareerConnect. The high school students in the program work with community partners on projects to help them prepare for future careers. "We've got to make sure that our economy works for everybody, not just a few. We've got to make sure that opportunity exists for all people, no matter who you are. No matter where you started out, you've got to have confidence that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can make it," Obama said. The other schools also winning a grant include the Los Angeles Unified School District, the New York City Department of Education and school districts in Denver, Indianapolis and Clinton, South Carolina. The money to fund the grants comes from fees U.S. companies have to pay for visas to hire foreign workers.