September 21st, 2009
12:18 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama urges investment in high-tech education


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) –
President Obama on Monday pushed his plans to make the nation's economy more stable in the future by investing in education for high-tech industries.

Speaking at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y., Obama emphasized the need to encourage entrepreneurship and international
competition.

He also reiterated his call for increased investment in green energy technology, electronic health records and manufacturing advanced vehicles.

"Our strategy begins where innovation so often does: in the classroom and in the laboratory - and in the networks that connect them to the broader economy," the president said in prepared remarks. "These are the building blocks of innovation: education, infrastructure, and research."

The administration says its under its new innovation strategy, $100 billion of economic stimulus funds will be used to support innovation,
additional support for education, infrastructure and other investments.


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  1. Andrew

    GOP probably won't like this. The more people go to school the more they tend to switch to voting for democrats.

    September 21, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. jim

    If IBM gets any tech contracts from the government, rest assured our tax money will be going to India with IBM taking it as profit.

    September 21, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Farrell in Houston

    In other words, those who had good paying jobs and no education, those days are gone. It won't do any good to complain but you can go back to school to prepare yourself for the 21st century. Don't let fear stop you from getting a better or higher education.

    September 21, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    When Reagan was governor of California in the late 60s, he started to cut back on State College funding...

    September 21, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. henriettap

    It is good that there is now a president that wants to get things done in America.While some want to label it what ever they chose it's time that we realize our education for our children is far behind other countries.There are some that would rather see their elected officials recieve the best health care while some of their constituents go without it.People need to realize also that we cannot always keep going on no new taxes we owe so much to other countries now because of no new taxes.We are now without jobs but alot of that is because we had no new taxes,also the greed of corperate America.

    September 21, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Tom

    Every time a liberal talks about "investing", they actually mean SPENDING our tax money.

    You want to improve education, FIRE the worst 25 % of teachers, increase the class size accordingly, then give them MERIT evaluations.

    September 21, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. Kevin in Ohio

    Democrat speak: "Investment" = "More Taxes".

    September 21, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Lynne

    All of you who spend your time trying to blame someone in the past are doing nothing to add to the discussion of what to do in the present and the future. We learn from the past to help us in the future not to stay stagnant.

    Meanwhile, China is going full steam ahead innovating and educating its people to be prepared for the green technology of the future; what is America doing? Sitting around playing tand the blame game!

    A country deserves the future they prepare for in the present and America's looks pretty bleak judging from the comments here.

    September 21, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. Mike in MN

    I'm all for an large work force educated in high tech skills.
    But I do have a question about green jobs. Just what are the millions of green jobs that can't be outsourced that Obama keeps promising?
    Solar panels are manufactured all over the world and we import a lot from South Korea. Wind mills exist and are manufactured all over the world and we are currently importing some from China. There was just a local news story in MN where a business in Iowa was selling windmills for $75,000 that did not work, the design was so bad they could not be made to work. They were imported from China. Electric autos are made all over the world. And if we make more electric autos and less gas autos, the same auto workers just move from making gas ones to electric ones.
    What are the millions of green jobs that can not be outsourced?

    September 21, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    I agree with President Obama wholeheartedly that education is essential and the best investment we can make in our future.

    When I was a kid, I figured out that an educated populace is essential for keeping our country safe.

    If citizens are educated, they will be able to think logically and are more likely to be willing to hold themselves and others accountable.

    An educated populace guarantees that our technological edge is maintained, the Middle Class remains strong and a large percentage of the population as a whole, and the opportunity for a military or corporate take-over of our country is lessened.

    Educated people can also more readily see through the emotional manipulations used by despots to consolidate power and wealth.

    September 21, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. vic nashville , Tn

    70S, 80S 90S Some countries push high tech education

    Nearly 80% of the students got free education

    Today its paying back

    Example INDIA

    Will GOP leaders get this ? Or will they criticize because Obama spoke

    September 21, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Scott, Tucson

    Why invest? Obama would want to take over that too.

    September 21, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. worriedmom

    Wouldn't it be nice that he tries to get jobs out there before moving onto education and funding!!! Hello, this Prez is all over the map with his issues. Why don't you stop spending and concentrate on getting jobs for people out there!!
    Mr. Prez it might be nice that you and your gang of thugs take a math course as you are having a hard tme with your numbers right now.

    September 21, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. Nea

    Why dont the Republicans let this President do his job? stop trying to run his Presidency it really make me believe what Jimmy Carter said even more when he said that some whites that are racist dont feel that a black man knows how to run this country. They may want him to fail but i feel the way they are acting is it because that they are afraid he will suceed. Anyone that fear what this President is trying to do where was you during the Campaign? Instead of complaing and criticizing and being fearful WHY NOT PRAY FOR THIS PRESIDENT ISNT THIS WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSE TO BE DOING ANYWAY INSTEAD OF SHOUTING AT EACH OTHER, TAKE A DEEP BREATHE AND PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR PRESIDENT WHETHER YOU LIKE HIM OR NOT WHETHER YOU LIKE HIS AGENDA OR NOT, BECAUSE ONLY GOD CAN CHANGE A PERSON AND HELP THIS COUNTRY SUCEED!

    September 21, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. ghostwriter

    Outsourcing is a major issue, especially now. But what exactly can be done about it? I suggest (as the pres did) to limit the amount of tax breaks companies that ship jobs overseas gets. But the bottom line is that these companies stopped caring bout their workers years ago. Sure, profits are important. Why else get into buisness? But sacrificing Americans for profit sucks.

    September 21, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. NC

    We need to do something as we are falling behind other countries. I read in The Parade Magazine yesterday( Parade.Com) that 10 years ago we were number 1 in the world with people with a 2 year degree or higher. We are now at number 10 in the world. We need to stress education beyond high school. The S. C. Governor wanted to close a USC Campus because he said the state of S. C. spends too much money on higher education.

    September 21, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. Tim

    It's not fair that someone challenge democrats on the meaning of a particular word like tax. Liberals like to redefine common words to fit their needs, words like marriage.

    September 21, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Fan of Common Sense

    All of the computers and high-tech gadgetry in the world will not motivate a student to learn if his or her society and role models teach them that lying, cheating, self-entitlement and general immorality is the way to get ahead. Some of the brightest minds this country has ever produced were educated in drafty, unairconditioned schools on chalk dust and pencil lead. I-T gadgetry impedes learning more than it helps. But hey, this is America. Education doesn't really matter anymore anyway. We all want our kids to be the next American Idol or NBA rookie of the year.

    September 21, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. RN

    I am not sure it is a deliberate attempt by the GOP to keep people uneducated. In large part I think the GOP believes too much in the free market solving all problems. Would this require that all countries we deal with (incl China) be democracies with similar rights, wages, government spending (military, health care,...) as us? Then no country would be at an advantage because of cheap labor or cheaper products due to government funded health care....
    I don't think the GOP understands the need for education. Maybe they depend too much on getting jobs by who they know – not what they know. Maybe they all send their kids to private schools.
    We need to show kids that they need to work for what they want. Everyone needs access to better education and they need to see that just because your dad was president doesn't mean you get to be president.

    September 21, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Jane/Seattle

    Forgot to say: Many thoughtful and relevant comments. Thanks to you who say these truths. Peace

    September 21, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Greg in MO

    Thank you President Obama for burying us in the 21st century. There are those that did not want you to spend this money that we do not have, but how better to illustrate how to bankrupt our personal finances than to show us how to spend with a huge debt and rationalize the expenditures. The knowledge you help us recieve will give us great opportunities overseas in countries like China when the United States economic system has collapsed under the weight of your voter's gullibility and we have to find jobs elsewhere. Let us just hope that their borders are as wide open as you are leaving ours. For all of your failures now and in the future, don't worry – blame Glen Beck.

    September 21, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Mississippi Girl

    Thank you Mr. President for pushing the limit on the minds of our young people. Here in MISSISSIPPI, our governor is pushing get this "TRADE SCHOOL". OMG. no wonder Mississippi is at the bottom of the bottom. I mean we need to worker harder for the next 100 years just to get to "the bottom". Dang

    September 21, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    As an HVCC alum I wish I was there to witness the visit...I think it's great the the President came up to Troy. HVCC is a top notch community college and has been for many years!

    September 21, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. LacrosseMom

    Just now on CNN Kiera Phillips reported that .........

    45,000 Americans die every year from lack of healthcare.

    IF 45,000 Americans were dying annually from terrorists attacks we would have riots in the streets from the far-right!

    We are we not ALL outraged that 45,000 of our Citizens die from lack of healthcare?

    September 21, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Kimberly from Hawaii

    We must invest in our youth's education, and high tech is the wave of the future. If we don't do it now, the US will be left in the dust, with India leading the way....

    September 21, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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