The federal government is launching a $7 million grant program to help kick-start training for displaced workers, such as those in the auto industry.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the grants will provide initial funds for community colleges and other organizations that help adults develop new career skills.
The programs can provide services like tutoring, academic and career counseling. Or they can do things like remove financial constraints for adults returning to school by taking care of child care, transportation or textbook costs.
Duncan calls the program "a real opportunity" to help give adults "a chance to get back on their feet."
Several cabinet secretaries and other Obama administration officials are visiting Midwestern communities that have been affected by layoffs in the automotive industry.