CTE Bill and Perkins Act Reauthorization Passed by Congress

Last week, both the House and Senate passed H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, reauthorizing programs that provide career and technical education assistance to states to distribute to technical colleges and high schools for career-based job training and education. The legislation supports programs that offer students the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience necessary to compete for jobs in a broad range of fields. This legislation provides more than $1 billion per year for these programs, emphasizing the importance of training students for careers rather than categorically pushing them toward college. These programs train employees in trades and technical education, such as the ready mixed concrete industry. With the industry’s shortage of drivers and skilled workers, this is important legislation to support the industry’s workforce development needs. With passage by both House and Senate, the bill will go to the president’s desk to be signed into law.

For more information, contact Andrew Tyrrell at atyrrell@nrmca.org.

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