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Bonamici Applauds Update to Career and Technical Education Programs

May 17, 2017
Press Release

Bipartisan Update to Perkins CTE Act Passes Education & Workforce Committee

WASHINGTON, DC [05/17/17] – Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) applauded the House Education and the Workforce Committee for passing a bipartisan update to federal Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act provides federal support to programs that prepare students for high-demand careers and support success in higher education.

You can watch video of Bonamici speaking about the legislation here.

Bonamici, a leader on the Education and the Workforce Committee, has visited CTE programs across northwest Oregon, including an automotive tech class at Aloha High School, a girls welding class at Sherwood High School, a viticulture class at Yamhill Carlton High School, and a culinary class at Newberg High School. She also spent time with students at St. Helens High School learning about their partnership with Portland Community College to offer classes in automotive tech and early childhood care.

“Strengthening high-quality career and technical education is a priority for me and for the district I represent, and I’m pleased that my committee colleagues and I worked together to advance this bipartisan legislation,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “In communities across NW Oregon, CTE classes are engaging students and preparing them for success in and after high school—regardless of what path they take. This important legislation strengthens CTE programs and increases funding so more students can access opportunities that help them excel in school and in the workforce.”

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act was last updated in 2006. The bill passed by the Committee today strengthens high-quality CTE programs in school districts and at higher education institutions. The legislation includes an increase in funding for CTE, supports innovative CTE programs, promotes access to CTE programs among historically underserved students, and fosters collaboration between schools and key stakeholders—including parents, higher education institutions, and business leaders. You can read a summary of the legislation here.

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act was passed by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and now heads to the House floor for consideration. In September 2016, similar legislation passed the House.