Obama highlights training programs in State of Union follow-up

U.S. President Obama wears a helmet as he tours the U.S. Steel Irvin Plant in West MifflinBy Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will highlight innovative job and skills training in the U.S. heartland on Thursday on the second leg of a tour to draw attention to his proposals for improving the fortunes of low and middle-income Americans, the White House said. Following his State of the Union speech Tuesday, in which he called for greater economic fairness in a nation still recovering from the deep 2007-2009 recession, Obama is due to visit a job training center in Wisconsin and an innovative high school in Tennessee. The president pledged in his address to Congress to review and retool federal job training programs, saying such courses needed to do better at landing their graduates in well-paying jobs. On Thursday, he is due to drop by General Electric’s Gas Engines facility in Waukesha, Wisconsin, near Milwaukee, where a program run with input from employers, unions, community groups, and colleges trains students in manufacturing and construction skills, the White House said in a statement.

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