Reps. Thompson, Bonamici, Finstad, Kilmer Introduce Bill to Expand Career Counseling for Adult Learners

July 26, 2023

ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Curry was quoted in this press release for the Creating Opportunities to Thrive and Advance Act.

“We need to ensure that communicating with learners about career opportunities is as seamless as possible. This legislation empowers leaders of adult education programs to connect learners to high-quality career and technical education (CTE) programs that lead to in-demand, high-wage jobs and careers. Raising public awareness of CTE opportunities is critical to maintaining strong communities and meeting local economic demands for a skilled workforce. ACTE is grateful for Congressman ‘GT’ Thompson, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Congressman Derek Kilmer and Congressman Brad Finstad for their leadership in introducing this bill, and we look forward to working in support of its passage.”

House funding panel proposes cuts for ED, DOL

Community College Daily, July 18, 2023

Higher Ed Groups ‘Appalled’ at House Budget Cuts

Inside Higher Ed, July 17, 2023

GOP House committee members proposes 80% cut to Title I

K-12 Dive, July 14, 2023

Baldwin, Young, Kaine Introduce Bill to Boost Career and Technical Education, Connect People with Good-Paying Jobs

July 13, 2023

ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Curry was quoted in this press release for the Data for American Jobs Act of 2023.

“ACTE is pleased to support the Data for American Jobs Act to empower learners with more and better information to make education and career choices that lead to success,” said LeAnn Curry, Executive Director of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). “Better aligning data across K-12 education, postsecondary education and the workforce will help students, families and policymakers see the potential impacts of different education pathways and programs. In addition, this bill would devote additional resources to research how students benefit from CTE programs and how they are delivered. We look forward to working with Senators Baldwin, Young, and Kaine in support of this legislation.”

Peters Reintroduces Bipartisan Legislation to Make Higher Education More Affordable & Accessible

April 13, 2023

“Dual and concurrent enrollment programs are a key part of the connections between our secondary education, postsecondary education and workforce systems,” said Association for Career and Technical Education Executive Director LeAnn Curry. “By expanding grants to support these programs and professional development for educators, the MEAA will strengthen the talent pipeline for the 21st century American workforce. Through dual and concurrent enrollment opportunities, students can earn and make progress towards industry-recognized credentials that demonstrate the foundational skills students have obtained through CTE programs. As we confront emerging workforce challenges, we must be nimble in connecting students with career opportunities through dual and concurrent enrollment programs. We commend this bipartisan legislation and its sponsors for their leadership.”

K–12 Schools Use Mixed and Virtual Reality to Immerse Students in Future Careers

EdTech Magazine, Spring 2023

Former ACTE Board Member Rachael Mann is featured in this article on AR/VR and CTE

Chairman Williams Introduces Bipartisan Legislation Supporting Career and Technical Education for Small Businesses

March 24, 2023

“Small business is strengthened with support from career and technical education (CTE) programs,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Curry. “When entrepreneurs have the resources they need to start their own businesses in their communities, and workers can enter rewarding career paths with upward mobility, economic growth is possible. Supporting small businesses that hire CTE program graduates is just one step we can take to ensure that we build a strong pipeline of skilled workers in high-need industries. ACTE is proud to support this legislation, and we thank Congressman Williams for his leadership and focus on the role small businesses play alongside CTE in developing a strong economic future for our country.”

Congressman Krishnamoorthi Introduces Resolution Calling For Doubling Federal Funding For Career And Technical Education

March 10, 2023

ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Curry was quoted in this press release on doubling federal funding for CTE.