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Items filtered by date: April 2016


Today the First Lady is celebrating National College Signing Day in New York City at the Harlem Armory to make sure every student in America takes charge of their future by continuing their education past high school — whether at a professional training program, community college or a four-year college or university.

She’s joined by dozens of actors, actresses, comedians, athletes, and others to highlight this important day.



Today, ahead of her and Vice President Biden's visit to the Community College of Philadelphia, Dr. Jill Biden sent the below message to highlight the Administration's continued efforts to make college more affordable. Didn't get the message? Sign up here.

Education is my life's work.

When the President and Vice President were first elected to the White House in 2008, I told my husband Joe that I wanted to continue teaching.



In this week's address, the President discussed his continued efforts to build a fairer and more equitable criminal justice system. The Department of Justice has designated the week of April 24-30 as National Reentry Week, during which the Administration will highlight how strong reentry programs can make our communities safer. In support of National Reentry Week, the President said his Administration will take additional steps to ensure applicants with a criminal history have a fair shot when competing for a federal job.

Additionally, the White House will call on businesses to commit to hiring those who have served their time, and it will issue a report on the economic costs of high incarceration rates in this country.The President emphasized that this is about more than what makes economic and practical sense – it’s about ensuring we live up to our Nation's ideals.

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Yesterday marked the eleventh year that the White House has participated in “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day,” and the second year that this Administration has celebrated by opening our doors to include students from local schools in the D.C. area. This was a joint initiative between the Office of Management and Administration, the White House Council on Women and Girls, My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, and Domestic Policy Council.


Keep Your Head and Your Hopes To The Skies-Operations SAFEE Flight

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With the need for qualified pilots to compete with the increase of airplane travel, recruiters are touring schools trying to increase student's awareness of the aviation field. This recruitment effort has become less than effective at minority schools. The problem lies more than just with the recruitment office, but with the entire aviation industry. What causes black to have such poor representation in the aviation field?  The problem starts off early on in the African American community. Their school guidance counselors persuade African American children into pursuing more trade-based jobs. They believe that becoming a pilot is not an obtainable goal for inner city children.  Life also has a tendency of imitating art so the majority African American children grow up wanting to become basketball players and football players. This is because most of them do not hear about courage men like Eugene Jacques Bullard.  Bullard, who was the first African American combat pilot, had over 25 years of flight experience before the famous Tuskegee Airmen.



POTUS and grandmother
A young Barack Obama with his grandmother at a national park.

As a young boy, President Obama’s family visited many of America’s national parks. This appreciation for our country’s beautiful outdoor spaces has stayed with him. The President has protected more than 265 million acres of America's public lands and waters -- more than any other president in history.

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