First Lady Jill Biden visits North Carolina to talk efforts to expand career-learning

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Monday, April 15, 2024
First Lady visits North Carolina to talk efforts in career-learning
First Lady Jill Biden is visiting North Carolina to talk efforts to expand career-learning in high school and college.

NORTH CAROLINA (WTVD) -- First Lady Jill Biden returned to North Carolina on Monday.

She arrived in Greenville in the morning and stopped at Pitt Community College. She then made her way to Greensboro where she spoke at Guilford Tech Community College.

The White House said her visit is to highlight efforts to expand career-connected learning in high school and college. The administration's program for this is called Classroom to Career.

The program is designed to focus on the 60 percent of high school students who will not go to a four-year university.

"This isn't a Democratic idea or a Republican idea. It's an American idea for all of our students," she said while speaking in Greensboro.

Still, despite both parties seeming to agree on the importance of career-tailored education, Republicans pushed back on Biden's visit today. NCGOP Director of Communications Matt Mercer sent in the following statement:

"In today's visit, First Lady Jill Biden must be coming to endorse pro-growth and pro-worker policies championed by Republicans. Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson has been an advocate for career and technical training, securing funds in the state budget to help make these career paths possible for North Carolina students. It is Republican leadership that is making a difference in boosting our state's economy and workforce with a family-first agenda."

Last month, Biden visited Durham to talk about women's health. The trip was part of the White House's Initiative on Women's Health Research.

WATCH | First Lady Jill Biden visits North Carolina to talk women's health

Jill Biden delivered remarks today on women's health research in Durham.

In her remarks, Biden called women's health a top priority for her husband's administration.

"So many of us and so many of the women in our lives suffer from health conditions for which we simply don't have the answers or solutions," she said.

Biden even announced that the administration would allocate $200 million in fiscal year '25 toward women's health research.

"Together we can write a new future for healthcare. A future where women leave doctor's offices with more answers than questions," she said.