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ICYMI: Celebrating Career and Technical Education Month

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Washington, February 13, 2018 | comments

ICYMI: Celebrating Career and Technical Education Month
By U.S. Fred Upton
February 13, 2018
Tri City Record

February marks Career and Technical Education month. Career and technical education programs, or CTE, help prepare high school and community college students with the knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to succeed in careers in a broad range of industries.

We know that in a globally competitive economy, workers must be prepared for skilled professions. Yet, according to the Manufacturing Institute, 84 percent of executives agree that there is a talent shortage in manufacturing here in the U.S. including talent for front-line work jobs. CTE ensures that competitive and skilled workers are ready, willing, and capable of holding jobs in high-wage and high-skill career fields such as science, technology, engineering, art and design, mathematics, nursing, health care, construction, information technology, and much more.

As such, in 2017, I joined my U.S. House colleagues in voting to pass the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. This bipartisan bill will help folks develop the skills they need to compete for these in-demand jobs. More specifically, it reforms, modernizes, and reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Act. Since 1984, this legislation has provided federal support to state and local CTE programs.

In order to support and grow a talented workforce, and Michigan’s middle-class, we need to continue to support and grow CTE programs that help countless students succeed now and into the future.

To learn more about this and other important legislative issues, please visit my website: upton.house.gov or call my offices in Kalamazoo (269-385-0039), St. Joseph/Benton Harbor (269-982-1986), or Washington, D.C. (202-225-3761)

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