Jill Biden, Hilda Solis visit Cincinnati State during bus tour

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Dr. Jill Biden and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis were in Cincinnati on Wednesday as part of their 'Community College to Career' bus tour.

The tour began Wednesday morning in Columbus and made a stop in Centerville before arriving at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. The tour's purpose was to highlight innovative industry partnerships between community colleges and regional businesses.

On Wednesday, Dr. Biden and Solis heard how Labor Department funding is helping to expand the successful Health Careers Collaborative at Cincinnati State.

"The folks that go through the HCC get their post-secondary certificate training, are prepared a little differently than those who would be doing it on their own," said Bill Lecher, from Cincinnati Children's Hospital. "That provides us benefits with a better prepared credential employee."

While at Cincinnati State, Dr. Biden spoke to spoke about her 18 years of experience teaching at a community college.

"I just feel right at home," she said. I've worked with you most of my life. I mean, this is my life. I know I'm second lady, but teaching comes first to me."

Earlier this month, President Obama announced a new $8 billion Community College to Career Fund co-administered by the Department of Labor and Department of Education to forge new partnerships between community colleges and businesses to train two million workers with skills that will lead directly to jobs.

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