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Obama announces education innovation grants

Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press

In this April 3, 2014, photo, President Barack Obama listens on stage before speaking about the shooting at Fort Hood, during an event welcoming members of the U.S. teams from the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia in the East Room of White House in Washington. The roller coaster of health care enrollment behind him, Obama is using a lull between foreign travel to refocus on his economic agenda, using executive actions to push for greater gender pay equality and to promote better technical skills for U.S. students.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

BLADENSBURG, Md. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is announcing grants to schools and communities that are implementing innovative education programs that help students gain work experience.

The more than $100 million in grants are the result of an Obama executive order last year designed to better prepare high school students for college or for careers. Money for the program comes from fees that companies pay for visas to hire foreign workers for specialized jobs.

Obama is announcing the grants at Bladensburg High School, one of three high schools in Washington's Maryland suburbs that have created a Youth CareerConnect Program. Other recipients include the Los Angeles Unified School District, the New York City Department of Education as well as school districts in Denver, Indianapolis and Clinton, S.C.