Since 1984, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act has provided federal support to state and local career and technical education (CTE) programs. These programs—created and operated by state and local leaders—offer students the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to compete for jobs in a broad range of fields, such as health care and technology. However, because federal law has not been updated in more than a decade, it no longer reflects the realities and challenges facing students and workers.

That’s why the committee is working to advance the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 5587) to help more Americans enter the workforce with the tools they need to compete for high-skilled, in-demand jobs. To view letters of support for the bill, click here.


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