ACTE Applauds Introduction of Middle STEP Act
September 10, 2014
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Executive Director LeAnn Wilson today expressed her support for the Middle STEP Act, introduced by Senators Kaine (D-VA), Boxer (D-CA), Casey (D-PA) and Warner (D-VA) on September 10, 2014. The bill would create a pilot program through the Department of Education, which districts would apply for to support the creation of new career exploration opportunities.
“By connecting students with career exploration opportunities earlier in their educational careers, we can ensure that they begin building a vision for their future, and can expand on those experiences by pursuing additional CTE education,” said Wilson. “When students have the chance to see how they might put their skills to work firsthand, they become excited about learning and about preparing themselves for college and career success – and that’s a win for students and teachers alike.”
The bill requires that the career exploration opportunities be aligned with a qualifying CTE program of study, which will ensure that students have access to the necessary educational programs to build on their experiences. Furthermore, qualifying programs must have partnerships with local postsecondary institutions and businesses, which will ensure that students are education relevant to their futures.