President Obama announced a "Techhire" Initiative to rapidly train Americans to fill the approximately half-million tech jobs available around the country.
the new program will help provide more americans with the skills to fill tech jobs.. without necessarily pursuing four-year college degrees.
president obama says higher-paying tech jobs are a ticket to the middle class.
during the speech.. he praised job gains of recent months, including february's growth of about 295,000 jobs.
the president spoke today at the national league of cities conference in washington.