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Presidents proposal looks to steer students towards jobs

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 7:43pm

TYLER - The proposal part of the presidents 2012- 2013 budget and while it could help spur some students in that direction, it doesn't come cheap.

Eight billion dollars is the price tag if the presidents proposal goes through congress. The four main fields that are focused on is, welding, nursing, computer aided design and medical record keeping.

While critics fear the funds would have strings attached, some local community colleges see the benefit in such a program.

Fred Peters with Tyler Junior College tells KETK, "In Tyler healthcare is a 3.1 billion dollar industry supporting about 25,000 jobs in the Tyler area. Obviously we're going to need to be able to provide more and more graduates to provide the trained professionals in those work fields."

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