Hartzler Supports Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler today voted in favor of H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which reauthorizes funding for career and technical education. This measure, which also passed in the Senate, now heads to the White House for approval.
“Career and technical education holds great promise for many students. It should be promoted alongside traditional 4-year college programs so every student is encouraged to live up to their potential and fulfill the American dream,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, (MO-04). “As a former vocational teacher, I’ve seen firsthand the incredible opportunities available to students who pursue technical education and I hope more will take advantage of this promising career path,” added Hartzler.
Hartzler noted that millions of jobs around the nation are available, but potential employees lack the skills and training to perform those jobs. Visiting with manufacturers in Missouri regularly, business owners have repeatedly told her they need more skilled workers. The reauthorization of career and technical education (CTE) programs will provide more training opportunities for Americans who can fill these high-demand high-paying jobs.
Specifically, this bipartisan legislation reauthorizes and reforms the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which has provided federal support to state and local career and technical education programs for more than 30 years. It empowers state and local community leaders by streamlining the application process for federal resources to respond to economic needs, it improves community partnerships with employers, and it increases transparency and accountability to ensure CTE programs deliver results.
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