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ACTE Applauds Senate Passage of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act


June 25, 2014

ACTE today applauded congressional progress in reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) by the Senate passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The bipartisan, bicameral legislation was introduced in the Senate by Senators Murray (D-WA), Harkin (D-IA), Isaakson (R-GA) and Alexander (R-TN) on May 21, and drew praise from both Democrats and Republicans.

"Today marks the first demonstrable progress on reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act in more than a decade, and I appreciate the significance of the work that this committed group of senators has done here," said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. "This comprehensive and thoughtful reauthorization of WIA will connect millions of Americans with the technical skills and workforce training they need to gain valued, well-paying careers. I speak for thousands of ACTE members nationwide when I thank these senators and their House counterparts for their commitment to investing in a 21st century workforce, and I call upon the full House of Representatives to act expeditiously in passing this major piece of legislation as it was approved by the Senate."

ACTE has previously expressed support for WIOA, both in a statement on the original draft by leaders from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and House Education and the Workforce Committees, and in a letter to the Senators on May 30, 2014. 

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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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