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Members of Congress Speak Out for CTE

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May 16, 2014

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Members of Congress Speak Out for CTE

In the past week, a few Members of Congress have spoken out in the House and Senate in support of CTE. These bicameral, bipartisan comments are a positive sign of the growing respect for CTE from policymakers. If your Members of Congress haven’t expressed their support for CTE recently, use the CTE Action Center to encourage them to stand up and be a CTE champion!

Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) gave a brief statement on May 8 on the successes of Warren County Career Center in Lebanon, OH. While highlighting local student achievements, Rep. Chabot also called on Congress to support CTE programs across our country in order to strengthen the economy. See his brief comments in this video:

 

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), co-chair of the Senate CTE Caucus, introduced the Credentialing Improvement for Troop Talent (CREDIT) Act on May 15. In his statement on the new legislation, Sen. Kaine highlighted the need to support all students, including veterans, in accessing all types of postsecondary education equally, including certificate programs.

“I think we value college and community college in a way we do not or have not traditionally valued career and technical education programs. So many of our programs – Pell grants and Stafford loans, GI bill benefits – often can be used more easily for community college or 4-year colleges than they can be used for even the highest quality career and technical programs.

“That is why today I am introducing the Credentialing Improvement for Troop Talent, or CREDIT Act. The legislation will go into that military tuition assistance program and expand the authority of the program so that it can cover credentialing expenses for those military men and women who want to move into career and technical fields. It will give servicemembers the means to pay for credentials while they are still on Active-Duty and before they transition into civilian workforce.”

- Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)

Also speaking on CTE issues recently were Reps. Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Glenn Thompson (R-PA), co-chairs of the House Congressional CTE Caucus, who introduced an amendment to support comprehensive career guidance and development opportunities in the bipartisan charter school bill (HR 10).

“This amendment recognizes that career counseling is a critical tool we must promote in order to assure that students are informed and prepared to meet their next educational or career challenge.”

- Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA)

“Investments in education are repaid many times over through the creation of a skilled, educated workforce. That investment is made exponentially stronger when we provide young people with career counseling programs that enable them to make smart decisions about their futures.”

- Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI)

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