UPDATE: On June 26, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved its long-awaited draft bill to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. The new bill does not have a number yet, but is titled the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. The bipartisan bill was approved unanimously by voice vote, and will now move forward in the legislative process to the full Senate.SGIA, along with over 400 Associations, urged the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to take swift, bipartisan action on the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. SGIA strongly supports passage of this important legislative as it is crucial to helping students acquire the skills needed to be successful in today’s workplace.
In a recent survey conducted by SGIA, the department with the greatest challenges is manufacturing. As SGIA members indicate that there is a shortage of skilled workers to fill in-demand positions, ensuring that secondary and postsecondary institutions offer modern, quality and relevant career and technical education (CTE) programs remains a leading priority so that we can develop and grow our nation’s workforce.
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