The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (“Perkins Act”) is the main vehicle to support career and technical education (CTE) in this country. We need the United States Senate to pass its reauthorization – which includes important improvements for CTE – and we need your help!
We are asking you to take a few minutes to contact your U.S. Senator to urge them to support bringing the Perkins reauthorization to the floor for a vote before they adjourn for the year.
The House passed a bipartisan bill earlier this year and we are calling on the Senate to get the job done and vote for reauthorization of the Perkins Reauthorization Act before the end of the year. Failure to take action before Congress adjourns for the year would force the process to start from scratch in the new Congress.
The U.S. is facing a shortage of skilled workers to fill in-demand positions. In the technology sector alone there are over 600,000 IT job postings across the country. Many of those jobs – computer support specialist, computer network support, junior cybersecurity analyst, to name just a few -- do not require four-year college degrees. It is critical that we update and modernize our career and technical education (CTE) programs so that we can prepare our students for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
Specifically, we want to make sure that a Perkins reauthorization includes:
-Aligning CTE programs to the needs of the regional, state, and local labor markets;
-Supports effective and meaningful collaboration between secondary and postsecondary institutions and employers;
-Increases student participation in work-based learning opportunities; and
-Promotes the use of industry recognized credentials and other recognized post-secondary credentials.
Thank you for your support.