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Thompson, Langevin Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing National Career and Technical Education Month

February 26, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON –  Congressmen Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA) and Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-chairs of the Congressional Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, yesterday introduced H. Res. 864, a resolution recognizing National CTE Month, which is observed every February.

“Career and technical education is helping close our nation’s skills gap, strengthen the American workforce, and empower learners of all ages,” said Thompson. “Every February, we’re reminded of the valuable contributions of CTE students and educators. I’m proud to lead this bipartisan effort in Congress with Congressman Langevin, and I’m proud of the work Advance CTE has done over the last 100 years to promote skills-based education.”

“National CTE Month underscores the importance of the many successful programs that create opportunities for hard working Americans to succeed by connecting them with hands-on training and skills,” said Langevin. “As Advance CTE celebrates its 100th anniversary, it is with great pride that I join Congressman Thompson in bringing attention to the CTE programming that is putting Americans to work and helping to build the workforce of tomorrow. I look forward to continuing to work across the aisle to advance legislation that will create more pathways to quality work-based experiences and good-paying careers.”

CTE prepares students for careers in fields such as healthcare, information technology, and the skilled trades. There are more than 7 million job openings nationally, and many are within industries with noted skilled labor shortages. By 2026, health care occupations alone are projected to grow by 18 percent, adding more than 2 million jobs nationwide. It is also projected that 3 million workers will be needed to support investments in the nation’s infrastructure in the next decade.

More than 12 million students are enrolled in CTE programs at high schools, career academies, CTE centers, and two-year colleges across the country. Participation in CTE programs has been linked to better attendance and higher high school graduation rates. The resolution recognizes the importance of CTE and encourages educators, counselors, career development professionals, and parents to promote CTE as an option for students.

"CTE programs provide millions of learners with the knowledge, real-world skills and experiences necessary to succeed in a career of their choice," said Kimberly Green, Executive Director of Advance CTE. "As we celebrate both our centennial and CTE month, Advance CTE looks forward to working with states, for many years into the future, to ensure that each learner has access to a high-quality CTE program – no matter their age, background or zip code." 

In 2018, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, legislation led by Thompson and Langevin, was signed into law. The bill made major updates to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, increasing federal investment in CTE programs and realigning them with industry needs to better close the skills gap. In 2019, Thompson and Langevin also introduced the Cybersecurity Skills Integration Act, which aimed to jumpstart the development of CTE curricula that incorporate cybersecurity skills training and the Counseling for Career Choice Act, which would fund career counseling programs in middle and high schools.  

“The strong bipartisan support for the CTE Month resolution highlights the widespread recognition that high-quality CTE programs can transform learners’ lives and are critical to the American economy,” said LeAnn Wilson, Executive Director of the Association for Career and Technical Education. “We thank Representatives Langevin and Thompson for their continued leadership on CTE issues, and are grateful for the many co-sponsors to the resolution representing districts of all political stripes all across the country.”

The Resolution was also cosponsored by Langevin and Thompson’s colleagues, Angie Craig (D-MN), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Anthony Brindisi (D-NY), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Troy Balderson (R-OH), Sam Graves (R-MO), John Carter (R-TX), John Yarmuth (D-KY), Adam Smith (D-WA), Anthony Brown (D-MD), Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), Ralph Norman (R-SC), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Mike Doyle (D-PA), Joseph Morelle (D-NY), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Fred Keller (R-PA), Bill Foster (D-IL), Paul Mitchell (R-MI), James Comer (R-KY), Fred Upton (R-MI), Susan Wild (D-PA), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Sean Casten (D-IL), Abby Finkenauer (D-IA), Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Mike Simpson (R-ID), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Mike Bost (R-IL), Glenn Grothman (R-WI), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Bruce Westerman (R-AR), Randy Weber (R-TX), Steve King (R-IA), Steve Stivers (R-OH), Collin C. Peterson (D-MN), André Carson (D-IN), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), David Cicilline (D-RI), Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA), Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), David Price (D-NC), Rick Larsen (D-WA), Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Bryan Steil (R-WI), Andy Barr (R-KY), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), Robert Latta (R-OH), Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Adam B. Schiff (D-CA), Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Steve Watkins (R-KS), Rob Woodall (R-GA), Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R-PR), TJ Cox (D-CA), Cindy Axne (D-IA), Seth Moulton (D-MA), John Garamendi (D-CA), and Kendra Horn (D-OK).

Text of the resolution