CPA Supports Career & Technical Education Bill
CPA signed onto a broad industry coalition letter sent earlier this week to House and Senate leadership calling for reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act. The Act, first authorized in 1984 and reauthorized in 1990, 1998 and 2006, provides important funding and program support for career and technical education programs throughout the U.S. Despite passing the House by a resounding 405-5 vote last year, the law was not introduced for consideration in the Senate.
The letter calls on Congress to move quickly to pass the reauthorization, focusing in particular on directing funding and attention to the following areas:
Align CTE programs to the needs of the regional, state, and local labor market;
Support effective and meaningful collaboration between secondary and postsecondary institutions and employers;
Increase student participation in work-based learning opportunities; and
Promote the use of industry-recognized credentials and other recognized postsecondary credentials.