FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 28, 2023
Jori Houck (ACTE) – email@example.com
Stacy Whitehouse (Advance CTE) – firstname.lastname@example.org
ACTE, Advance CTE Applaud Senate FY24 Labor-HHS-Education Funding Bill
ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and Advance CTE applaud the Senate Appropriations Committee for advancing its federal fiscal year 2024 (FY24) Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-Education) appropriations bill, which proposes a much-needed $40 million increased investment in the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act’s (Perkins V) basic state grant program. The measure was advanced out of committee yesterday on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis.
ACTE and Advance CTE thank appropriations leaders in the Senate for their recognition of the vital importance and impact this investment has on millions of learners enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs throughout the country each year. This additional funding will provide more learners with equitable access to high-quality CTE programming and represents an important down payment on our nation’s skilled workforce needs. It will also help ensure CTE programs are able to impart essential skills and provide the supports necessary for learners to be successful in today’s economy.
This proposed increased investment will help CTE programs expand access to high-wage, in-demand career opportunities that are vital to building a sustainable, 21st-century workforce, and will help ensure employers are well-equipped to leverage recent federal investments in advanced manufacturing, technology and much more.
We urge lawmakers in the House and the Senate to enact this legislation as the FY24 process continues to move forward.
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.
Advance CTE is the longest-standing national non-profit that represents State Directors and state leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across all 50 states and U.S. territories. Established in 1920, Advance CTE supports state CTE leadership to advance high-quality and equitable CTE policies, programs and pathways that ensure career and college success without limits for each learner.