The city's Department of Education is one of two dozen schools and districts being rewarded for preparing students for college and beyond.
President Barack Obama announced Monday more than $100 million in grant money as part of a nationwide competition for schools that help students gain work experience.
The president stressed the need for schools to re-design their curriculums for a 21st-century economy.
"We've got a collective responsibility to make sure that you're getting those opportunities, and there are resources out there that we've got to pull into the school setting," Obama said. "Businesses, foundations around the country, they want to fund more career connect programs because it's in their interest. They want good employees. They're looking for folks with skills."
The program came from an executive order that Obama signed last year.
It's being paid for from fees companies pay for visas to hire foreign workers for specialized jobs.