Lewis’s Career and Technical Education amendment passes House in Perkins reauthorization bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jason Lewis (MN-02) issued the following statement after supporting the Strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) for the 21st Century Act, H.R. 2353, as it passed the House today (click on the image to watch his remarks).
“I want young people in the 2nd District to learn the skills they need to be successful in the 21st Century economy. Employers around the country are looking to fill well-paid, skilled jobs- and career and technical education puts students on the pathway to success in those industries. I was especially pleased that my amendment supporting dual and concurrent enrollment with technical colleges was included in the bill, so that high-schoolers with an aptitude for a skill can get a head-start in their chosen field.”
Background: The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, H.R. 2353 reauthorizes the Carl. D Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which is the primary federal law supporting state and local Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Lewis is a cosponsor of this legislation. The Perkins Act makes grants to states to expand access to CTE and give students hands-on training to equip them for in-demand jobs in today’s economy. Lewis’ amendment ensures that parents and students are aware of dual and concurrent enrollment opportunities available and encourages the development of articulation agreements to make sure that postsecondary credits earned in dual enrollment are transferable toward a recognized postsecondary credential.