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ACTE Statement on the GIRLS-STEM Act of 2014


April 30, 2014

Executive Director LeAnn Wilson of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) today expressed her enthusiastic support for the Getting into Researching, Learning & Studying of STEM (GIRLS-STEM) Act of 2014, introduced by Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA).

"I am pleased with Congressman McNerney's show of support for young women and girls pursuing STEM curriculum and career and technical education (CTE)," said Wilson. "As an integral part of CTE, it is of the utmost importance that young women have access to STEM courses that will equip them with the skills necessary for success in college and at all career levels. This amendment will enable CTE educators to bolster their STEM programs' efficacy for America's female students, and strengthen our future workforce by connecting young women with the skills they will need for success in the careers of tomorrow."

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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.

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