Thompson, Krishnamoorthi at CPI to Call on Senate, White House to Make CTE a Priority this Fall

CPI to begin new two-year Natural Gas Compression degree program in November, one of only two programs nationwide

PLEASANT GAP, Pa. U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA) and U.S. Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) were at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI) on the first day of school to call on the U.S. Senate and the White House to make career and technical education reforms a priority this fall.

Reps. Thompson and Krishnamoorthi co-authored the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353), which reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. It passed the House unanimously on June 22, and it is the first major overhaul to the program since 2006. The bipartisan legislation strengthens and improves career and technical education and gives Americans the skills they need to compete for in-demand jobs.

The benefit of such legislation can be witnessed first-hand at CPI in Pleasant Gap, Pa. CPI was founded in 1969 to meet the career and technical needs of high school students in the Centre Region. By combining academics with technical training and industry-recognized certifications, CPI is uniquely poised to prepare students for rapid employment and long-term career success.

Reps. Thompson and Krishnamoorthi hosted the news conference at CPI with school President Dr. Richard C. Makin as well as industry experts and local business leaders.  

NEW THIS FALL AT CPI

CPI will launch a new two-year degree program in November: Natural Gas Compression – CAT/Ariel Emphasis Associate of Specialized Technology. The program is in partnership with Cleveland Brothers – a Pennsylvania-based Caterpillar dealer – and Ariel Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of natural gas compressors. CPI is currently accepting students for a November 28, 2017 start date. It is one of only two programs of its kind nationwide.

Ariel Corporation compressors and CAT engines are located in oil and gas fields throughout the world. Graduates of CPI’s Natural Gas Compressor degree program will have the opportunity to work locally, nationally, and globally. Cleveland Brothers, Ariel, and gas industry partners will be interviewing NGC students after the first term. If pre-hired by the program’s industry partners, students will receive $7,500 per year ($15,000 total) in company-sponsored tuition reimbursement.

“I thank Representatives Thompson and Krishnamoorthi for co-authoring the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act,” Dr. Makin said. “Over the course of my career, I can think of no other time than today when it was more important that we make career-technical education the focal point of workforce development. CPI’s new Natural Gas Compression-CAT\Ariel Emphasis two-year degree program will do just that by training students to become technicians in the high demand field of gas compression. I am hopeful that the Senate and White House will act quickly to strengthen CTE and make it a legislative priority this fall.”

 "As a consistent advocate for high-quality career and technical education, I am very proud of the way CPI and other institutions across Pennsylvania’s Fifth Congressional District are helping to shape the futures of our nation's youth," Rep. Thompson said. "We must mirror this dedication and vigor in Washington, and work together to make the Strengthening Career and Education for the 21st Century Act the foundation for a new era of economic growth. It is a privilege to be here at CPI today to highlight the fantastic education it provides to students who will be able to enter the workforce and have a family-sustaining job thanks to CPI. I urge the Senate to take up our bill without delay, and I especially want to thank Congressman Krishnamoorthi for traveling here today to visit CPI."

“It’s wonderful to see the impact that career and technical education is having here at CPI and to know the difference it’s making for students at countless other institutions across the country,” Rep. Krishnamoorthi said. “I’m grateful to Congressman Thompson and CPI for inviting me here today to discuss our legislation and the benefits it will bring to working families and our economy as a whole. We need to help students develop the skills they need to take on the good-paying jobs employers are looking to fill and that is exactly what the Strengthening Career and Education for the 21st Century Act will do. The House has shown its commitment to career and technical education through passing this vital legislation unanimously and I hope the Senate will soon bring this legislation to a vote as well.”

Those speaking during the news conference included:

Brett Parks, Manager of Sales & Distributor Development, Ariel Corporation, which is headquartered in Mt. Vernon, OH.
Vern Squier, President/CEO, Chamber of Business & Industry Centre County (CBICC).
Duane Musser, Vice President of Government Relations, National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA).
Dan Hawbaker, President & CEO, Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc.

BACKGROUND ON THE BILL

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act provides federal support to state and local career and technical education (CTE) programs. 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.
  • Streamline performance measures to ensure career and technical education programs deliver results for students and taxpayers.
  • Reduce administrative burdens and simplify the process for states to apply for federal resources.
  • Reward success and innovation by directing federal resources to replicate promising practices that best serve students and employers.
  • Provide parents, students, and stakeholders a voice in setting performance goals and evaluating the effectiveness of state and local programs.
  • Empower state and local leaders to develop plans that improve the quality of career and technical education and take into account unique ‎local and state needs.

ABOUT CPI

CPI was founded in 1969 to meet the career and technical needs of high school students in the Centre Region. By combining academics with technical training and industry-recognized certifications, CPI is uniquely poised to prepare students for rapid employment and long-term career success. CPI offers more than 18 secondary programs, over 60 in-house adult & continuing education programs, and more than 350 online courses. In addition to exceptional classroom and hands-on instruction from a highly qualified, experienced faculty, CPI offers certification in a wide range of disciplines, a notable advantage to CPI graduates and their employers.