Obama Leans on Chicago For Skills Board

Groupon and Motorola Solutions are among the locally based companies being tapped For Obama's Skills for America's Future board

By Britni Day
|  Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011  |  Updated 12:43 PM CDT
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Motorola Solutions Chairman and CEO Greg Brown is the board's latest addition, the White House announced Wednesday.

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President Barack Obama wants some of Chicago's biggest business moguls to take part in his board for Skills for America's Future.

Motorola Solutions Chairman and CEO Greg Brown is the board's latest addition, the White House announced Wednesday.

Other locally rooted board members include Brad Keywell, co-founder and director of Groupon; Penny Pritzker, CEO of Pritzker Realty Group and Chair of the Chicago Public Education Fund; and Joyce Foundation President Ellen Alberding.

The Skills for America's Future is a $2 billion plan under the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act designed to train 500,000 young adult workers for manufacturing jobs over the next five years in 30 states.

The workers would fill the gap being left by 2.7 million retiring manufacturing employees leaving the labor force within the next 10 years, the White House said.

"It is exciting to engage in such an effort that will give deserving students the necessary financial and educational support to pursue careers in the area of their choice," Brown said.

Skills for America's Future plans on using community colleges and other eligible institutions of higher education, the White House said.

As of May, 2,434 students have completed the program.

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