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Sen. Merkley Pens Middle School Career Exploration Bill

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July 12, 2013

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Sen. Merkley Pens Middle School Career Exploration Bill 

Yesterday, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced the Building Understanding, Investment, Learning and Direction Career and Technical Education (BUILD CTE) Act of 2013 (S. 1293). The act would establish a pilot, competitive grant program to help states establish, re-establish or scale up career exploration programs in middle schools.

With the limited funding available for Perkins and other education programs, there often is no funding available for middle school career exploration programs. Recognizing these limitations, Sen. Merkley developed the BUILD CTE Act to assist states in making exploration opportunities available to middle school students. The grant funds can be used for such activities as purchasing materials and equipment, program infrastructure and evaluating the impact of exploration programs on graduation rates and the number of students earning industry-recognized credentials.

ACTE worked closely with Senator Merkley’s staff in developing the BUILD CTE Act, and supports the Senator’s efforts to increase opportunities for middle school students to learn about in-demand careers and understand the array of options they have to reach their academic and career goals.

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