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Reps. Thompson and Langevin Recognize CTE Month on House Floor

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February 14, 2013

By: Mitch

This week, Reps. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Jim Langevin (D-RI), the co-chairs of the Congressional CTE Caucus, took to the floor of the House of Representatives in recognition of CTE Month.  The co-chairs spoke of the importance of CTE and its roll in American competitiveness. They also urged their colleagues to join the bipartisan caucus to support and promote CTE in Congress.

Rep. Thompson talked about the need for Congress to invest in CTE and recognized the work of CTE professionals. “Career and technical education, while historically undervalued, helps tackle critical workforce shortages and provides an opportunity for America to remain globally competitive while also engaging students in practical, real world applications of academics coupled with hands-on work experience,” said Thompson.  “I join with a bipartisan group of my colleagues in not only recognizing the importance of maintaining these federal investments for our country's future but also saying thank you to the countless men and women who make these programs possible.” His full remarks are available here.

Rep. Langevin urged congressional reauthorization of the Perkins CTE Act and discussed the role of CTE in filling the skills gap. “The most important step I believe we can take this year to support CTE is to fully reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. Currently, the Perkins Act is authorized at a level set in 2010, which does not reflect the reality of a modern economy” said Langevin. “Closing the skills gap is one important step we can take to ensure workers can fit and fill the needs of expanding industries both today and in the future.” His full remarks are available here.

ACTE would like to thank Reps. Thompson and Langevin for their continued leadership of the Congressional CTE Caucus and their kind recognition of CTE Month 2013! Please urge your Member of Congress to join the caucus today!

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