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ACTE Media Release on President’s State of the Union Speech


January 28, 2014



Career and Technical Education Vital Component of Productive Workforce and Economic Growth

ALEXANDRIA, VA –The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) appreciates President Barack Obama’s emphasis on the importance of education that prepares individuals for successful careers in the growing U.S. economy during his State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 28, 2014. 

 “I’ve asked Vice President Biden to lead an across-the-board reform of America’s training programs to make sure they have one mission: train Americans with the skills employers need, and match them to good jobs that need to be filled right now. That means more on-the-job training, and more apprenticeships that set a young worker on an upward trajectory for life.  It means connecting companies to community colleges that can help design training to fill their specific needs.  And if Congress wants to help, you can concentrate funding on proven programs that connect more ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs,” the President stated. Strong career and technical education (CTE) programs, like those alluded to in President Obama’s speech, are an essential part of an education system that produces college and career ready students and work-ready adults that are the backbone of America’s economic success.

“It is encouraging to hear that President Obama and his administration understand the crucial role that education and training play related to our nation’s future. Robust CTE programs at the K-12 and community college levels have a strong track record of positive results in filling the skills gap and connecting students with rewarding career opportunities, like those referenced in the President’s speech,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “We are hopeful that he, his administration and Congress will recognize and build upon support for existing federal policy in this ‘year of action’ to equitably benefit CTE students and educators nationwide, particularly through increases in funding available through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and a thoughtful reauthorization of that law.”

CTE programs across the country depend on funding from the Carl D. Perkins Act to implement many of the reforms mentioned in the president’s speech, and these funds must be increased to meet communities’ needs for comprehensive career training and job skills development. ACTE supports policies that will connect high school and postsecondary level students with relevant, real-world learning opportunities that prepare them to meet workforce demands in high-skill, high wage and high demand areas.

For more information on CTE and its positive impacts for students, schools, communities and the country, visit www.acteonline.org


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The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation's largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 25,000 members; career and technical educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others involved in planning and conducting career and technical education programs at the secondary, postsecondary and adult levels. ACTE provides advocacy, public awareness and access to information on career and technical education, professional development and tools that enable members to be successful and effective leaders.


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