WASHINGTON – Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) spoke on the House Floor to celebrate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. CTE programs provide students with necessary skills to meet the demands of the 21st century economy.
Chairwoman Foxx’s remarks as delivered:
“February is Career and Technical Education Month. I join the nation in commending all the educators who play a vital role in preparing America’s students for prosperity in the 21st century economy.
“However, there is often a disconnect between the curriculum taught at schools and the skills required for in-demand jobs.
“There are currently 9 million unfilled jobs, and job creators are struggling to find qualified workers.
“Career and technical education programs offer a practical solution to bridge this skills gap.
“These programs offer students hands-on experience and skills that will allow them to excel in the workforce.
“By equipping students with the competencies they need to be successful on the job, career and technical education programs give participants an invaluable head start.
“Building a strong, skilled workforce is a national priority. Now is the time to strengthen career and technical education.”