CTE Month in Congress
February 28, 2014
CTE Month in Congress
In addition to working with Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tim
Kaine (D-VA) to establish a new Senate CTE Caucus to start off CTE Month, ACTE
has continued working with Members of Congress throughout the month to celebrate
and recognize February 2014 as CTE Month.
Congressional CTE Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson
(R-PA) and Jim Langevin (D-RI) both visited CTE schools in their districts
during CTE Month to connect with CTE teachers, students and administrators. Sen.
Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) also finished up a tour of Wisconsin’s technical college system, which she had begun in conjunction
with her recent legislation supporting CTE programs that include focuses on energy
efficiency and sustainability.
On Feb. 25, Rep. Thompson took to the House floor to recognize February as CTE Month. His
speech on the floor called for other House members to do more to ensure
students are prepared for the workforce with the technical skills and education
for a high-wage, in-demand career. We expect his fellow CTE Caucus co-chair to
make similar remarks on Friday, Feb. 28. This blog will be updated to reflect
In another show of recognition, the Senate Career and
Technical Education Caucus Co-Chairs, Sens. Kaine and Portman, along with Sen.
Baldwin, introduced a resolution
in the Senate on Feb. 26 to declare February 2014 as CTE Month.
This was the first resolution designating February as CTE
Month since 2008, when former Reps. Brian Baird (D-WA) and Phil English (R-PA),
then co-chairs of the House CTE Caucus, introduced a resolution in the House.
Who We Are
The Association for Career
and Technical Education 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.
What We Do
ACTE is committed to enhancing the job performance and satisfaction of
its members; to increasing public awareness and appreciation for career
and technical programs; and to assuring growth in local, state and
federal funding for these programs by communicating and working with
legislators and government leaders.
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