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Workforce Training Overhaul Headed to President’s Desk


July 10, 2014


Workforce Training Overhaul Headed to President’s Desk

Yesterday, the House passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the long overdue reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act, by an overwhelming vote of 415-6. The bicameral, bipartisan agreement was approved by the Senate in late June, and the bill is now on its way to the White House for the president’s signature. ACTE previously reported on several provisions included in WIOA, which can be found here.

ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson applauded the bill’s passage and bipartisan effort in Congress to address the important role of CTE in the workforce development system. "Advocates from the career and technical education (CTE) community, representatives from business groups and dedicated Members of Congress have worked for more than a decade on this crucial piece of legislation, and their efforts culminated in today's vote," said Wilson. "I speak for ACTE's thousands of members nationwide when I express my gratitude to our partners on Capitol Hill for their commitment to providing millions of Americans with the technical skills and workforce training they need to gain valued, well-paying careers." The full press release is available here.  

We will continue to provide updates on the enactment of WIOA through the CTE Policy Watch blog, and will be preparing new resources to help CTE stakeholders get involved in the law’s implementation

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