House Approves Thompson Bill to Modernize Federal Role in Career and Technical Education

September 13, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – The House today, by a vote of 405 to 5, approved the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, H.R. 5587, bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5), co-chair of the House Career and Technical Education Caucus and a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.  The measure reauthorizes and reforms the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act to help more Americans enter the workforce with the skills they need to compete for high-skilled, in-demand jobs.

“This bill provides a clear path towards robust career and technical education training, in order to put America back to work and to empower young people with the skills to land in-demand jobs in high-wage industries,” Thompson said.  “As I travel across Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District, I am amazed that so many employers are looking for a highly trained workforce. Meanwhile, unemployment and under-employment plague our communities and leave families struggling to make ends meet. This bipartisan legislation represents real progress in closing our nation’s skills gap, while providing a path forward to those who are looking to better their own lives,” Thompson added.

Specifically, the legislation will:

  • Deliver states more flexibility to use federal resources in response to changing education and economic needs.
  • Ensure career and technical education prepares all students, including historically disadvantaged and vulnerable students, for success in high-skill, high-wage occupations and careers in nontraditional fields.
  • Improve alignment with in-demand jobs by supporting innovative learning opportunities, building better community partnerships, and encouraging stronger engagement with employers.
  • Enhance career and technical education through increased focus on employability skills, work-based learning opportunities, and meaningful credentialing so students are prepared to enter the workforce poised for success.

To learn more about H.R. 5587, please click here.