Congressman Taylor Votes to Strengthen Career and Technical Education
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. This legislation reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, which promotes Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs by empowering state and local community leaders, aligning curriculums with in-demand jobs, and increasing transparency and accountability of said programs.
“There is an intense amount of pressure on today’s students to attend four-year colleges. What they are not told is that there are thousands of jobs right here in Virginia that do not require a four-year degree in order to get started,” said Congressman Taylor. "Career and Technical Education programs match students with industries that are in need of highly-skilled workers by providing educational opportunities not found in traditional 4-year colleges. These programs are developed at the local level, with input from business leaders and industry professionals, and are evaluated by how well-prepared students are to enter the workforce. Passing this bill is an important step towards making education more accessible, and ultimately more responsive and accountable to our students and communities.”