U.S. Education Department Makes Push for $1.1 Billion in CTE Funding

Mar 13, 2016 by

By David Nagel –

The United States Department of Education is looking to re-up a $1.1 billion investment in career and technical education. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. this week called for Congress to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, a piece of bipartisan Bush-era legislation that funds CTE in middle schools, high schools and post-secondary institutions.

According to information released by ED, the administration’s priorities for the reauthorization include alignment with the needs of the current labor market; greater collaboration between schools, post-secondary institutions and employers; improved “academic and employment” outcomes for students; and increased state and local involvement.

“We’ve come a long way from what we used to refer to as vocational education,” said Acting U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. in a prepared statement. “Today, every job that leads to a secure future requires critical thinking, problem solving and creativity, as well as some postsecondary education or training. The best career and technical education programs help students prepare for this future once they graduate from high school. Career and technical education is not just about preparing some students for successful lives and careers, it’s about giving all students the tools to shape our future.”

Source: U.S. Education Department Makes Push for $1.1 Billion in CTE Funding — Campus Technology

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