Job Training, Community Colleges

President Bush said: “We will help an additional 200,000 workers to get training for a better career, by reforming our job training system and strengthening America’s community colleges.”

FACT: Last year, the Bush administration proposed cutting the largest direct aid initiative to community colleges, the Perkins program for technical and vocational training, from $1.3 billion to about $1 billion. Congress had to step in to save the funding.

FACT: Bush’s 2005 budget proposed cutting job training and vocational education by 10 percent — that’s $656 million — from what Congress pledged to those programs in 2002.