Obama, Romney tout education, job training

Both President Obama and Gov.Mitt Romney linked education to economic growth in their first debate, notes the Denver Post.

The president called for increasing community college enrollment and controlling college costs.

“So now I want to hire another 100,000 new math and science teachers, and create 2 million more slots in our community colleges so that people can get trained for the jobs that are out there right now. And I want to make sure that we keep tuition low.”

“Education is key, particularly the future of our economy,” said Romney. He called for consolidating 47 federal job training programs and giving “dollars back to the states” and “to the workers so they can create their own pathways to get in the training they need.”

Accused by Obama of planning to “gut our investment in schools and education,” Romney said, “I’m not going to cut education funding” or “grants that go to people going to college,” reports the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Fifty percent of recent college graduates can’t find jobs, Romney said, blaming the president’s economic policies.

Obama took credit for increasing federal student aid and taking over college loan from banks.