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ACTE Applauds Congressional Progress on Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization


ACTE Applauds Congressional Progress on Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) today applauded Congress’ bipartisan, bicameral progress on reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). On May 21, a coalition of congressional leaders from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and House Education and the Workforce Committees announced the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), signaling the most significant progress on WIA’s reauthorization since it became due in 2003.

“This is a major step in the process of reexamining and revitalizing America’s job training initiatives, and I’m encouraged by our congressional leaders’ dedication to building a strong, competitive workforce for our country,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “The Workforce Investment Act must be reauthorized and improved to equip job-seekers with the skills to succeed in today’s careers, and connect them with employers nationwide.”

The bill takes promising steps to evolve the American economy and bridge the skills gap, including strengthened connections to training programs, a stronger focus on credentials, better alignment of programs across the workforce system and the continued inclusion of training providers, including community colleges, as mandatory members on local WIBs. These improvements will clear a path for students to obtain long-term CTE training that connects them with job skills and postsecondary technical certificates or degrees.

To learn more about how WIOA addresses ACTE's recommendations for WIA reauthorization, please visit the CTE Policy Watch Blog.

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