ACTE Awards National Policymaker of the Year Award to Long-time CTE Supporters Thompson, Langevin
ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced today the award of National Policymaker of the Year to two long-time supporters of career and technical education (CTE) and leaders of the CTE Caucus, Congressman Glenn (GT) Thompson and Congressman Jim Langevin. This award is presented annually by the ACTE Board of Directors to nationally recognized policymakers who have made a significant impact on policy related to career and technical education during the past year or extended career of public service.
Congressman Thompson serves on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, which handles legislation affecting education and job training: including the Perkins CTE Act, Workforce Investment Act, and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. He is currently serving as the co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus where he has been active in numerous efforts to raise awareness of career and technical education in Congress and to promote funding for the Perkins Act.
Congressman Thompson has said, “Career and technical education helps tackle critical workforce shortages and provides an opportunity for America to remain globally competitive while engaging students in practical, real world application of academics coupled with hands-on work experience.”
Representative Jim Langevin has been serving the people of Rhode Island’s second congressional district since 2001. He currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Congressman Langevin is also co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus, where he advocates to improve and increase access to training that gives students and workers the skills that best fit the needs of expanding industries. Among his efforts to boost Rhode Island’s workforce, he has launched a competition to introduce high school students to the rapidly growing cybersecurity field and has helped obtain funding to start other workforce development initiatives.
Congressman Langevin has said, “CTE is an investment in the future of our economy, our workforce, and our country. From skills training in high schools to community college and professional programs, CTE plays a critical role for workers of every age.”
The ACTE National Policy Seminar attracts approximately 400 educators, business leaders and education advocates from across the country running successful career and technical education programs. Conference participants learn about and advocate for federal policies regarding career and technical education. Click here for more information on the Policymaker of the Year awards.
The Association of 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. It provides advocacy, public awareness and access to information, professional development and tools that enable members to be successful and effective leaders. Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 25,000 members, including teachers, counselors and administrators at the middle school, high school and postsecondary levels.