WASHINGTON – Today, the House passed H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which reauthorizes and reforms the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins Act). After the House passed the bill, Congressman French Hill (AR-02) released the following statement:
“One of the great challenges of our education system today is providing students with the necessary skills to ensure successful careers. Whether it is through a four-year college, an apprenticeship, vocational school, or career and technical education (CTE), providing students with an array of options on how to best prepare for the job market is essential to creating a dependable and ready workforce. This has been a point of emphasis during my first term in Congress, as I have been working with leaders on both sides of the aisle as Co-Chair of the Congressional Investment in America’s Skilled Workforce Caucus, where we are searching for the best ideas and practices for workforce training.
“Today’s bill would reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act for the first time in more than 10 years, empowering our state and local leaders, modernizing our CTE programs for today’s jobs, and ensuring that students in Arkansas and throughout the country obtain the skills needed to find long-term, meaningful employment.”