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U.S. Reps Lori Trahan (D-MA), Chris Pappas (D-NH), Kendra Horn (D-OK), and Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) recently introduced The Strengthen CTE in Higher Education Act, H.R. 4371. This legislation would authorize $200 million in funding to foster greater cooperation and alignment between Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and educational institutions and employers. The funding authorized by this bill is critical to making sure that individuals seeking a technical education are gaining the skills necessary to fill jobs currently in demand across our economy.
Perkins is the primary federal funding source for high school, college and university CTE programs that are critical for preparing students for higher education and jobs in the local and regional economies. This bill would also bump up funding for tribally controlled postsecondary career and technical institutions by $10.5 million.
“Across Massachusetts, businesses and manufacturers are struggling to find and hire individuals with the proper qualifications. This skills gap can be overcome with education and training. It’s a matter of making sure the necessary resources are available to better align our systems for technical education with the skills that employers need to fill jobs now. I’m proud to introduce legislation that will help those seeking a technical education get into good paying jobs and strengthen our economy,” said Congresswoman Trahan.
This legislation has been endorsed by Association for Career and Technical Education and Advance CTE.
Eligible recipients of this funding would be postsecondary institutions offering Perkins CTE programs in partnership with each of the following:
- A consortium of secondary schools
- An area CTE school (in the instance that a school is in the State or local area of the eligible recipient)
- A State or local workforce development system
- A four-year institution of higher education
Read the full bill text HERE: