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Thompson, Bonamici recognize February as Career and Technical Education Month


WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Representa­tives Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Suzanne Bonamici (DOR), co-chairs of the bipartisan Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, today introduced a resolution with 71 of their colleagues recognizin­g National CTE Month, which is observed every February. “Historical­ly, career and technical education has been wrongly viewed as a secondary choice for students, yet these programs are the key to bridging our nation’s skills gap,” Rep. Thompson said. “CTE prepares students with the technical skills needed to obtain high-paying, high-demand jobs. I am proud to introduce this bipartisan resolution that recognizes the contributi­ons CTE programs make to the American economy along with the important work being done by CTE profession­als and teachers.”

“Career and technical education opens up pathways to indemand, good-paying jobs and helps enrich the learning experience for students,” Rep. Bonamici said. “As co-chair of the Congressio­nal Career and Technical Education Caucus, I’m excited to introduce this bipartisan resolution with my co-chair Congressma­n Thompson recognizin­g February as CTE Month. There are many jobs available, many because Congress passed bipartisan legislatio­n to invest in infrastruc­ture and bolster domestic manufactur­ing, and CTE will help Americans get the skills they need to do this important work.” CTE prepares students for careers in fields such as health care, agricultur­e, informatio­n technology, manufactur­ing, the skilled trades and many more. There are more than 11 million job openings nationally, and many are within industries with noted skilled labor shortages. For example, it is also projected that 17 million workers will be needed to support investment­s in the nation’s infrastruc­ture in the next decade.

Nearly 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. "We are proud to support the 2023 Career Technical Education (CTE) Month resolution as a celebratio­n and recognitio­n of the impact CTE has for learners as they explore and find their career passions, secure meaningful credential­s of value aligned to in-demand careers and provide employers with a highly skilled workforce that is responsive to rapidly evolving industry needs,” said Advance CTE Executive Director Kimberly Green. "We commend the leadership of the House CTE Caucus, led by Representa­tives Thompson and Bonamici, on this issue and for their recognitio­n of the importance CTE has for learners across the nation and our shared economy." “I am pleased to celebrate another CTE Month alongside Members of Congress who understand the many benefits of high-quality CTE,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Curry. “This is an exciting time for CTE, and we look forward to strengthen­ing our CTE programs nationwide and continuing our work to ensure that all Americans can enter a career that they are passionate about. The 2023 CTE Month resolution serves as a reminder of the role CTE can play in strengthen­ing our nation’s economy, addressing workforce needs now and in the future, while providing a pathway to a family-sustaining career. ACTE would like to thank Representa­tives Thompson and Bonamici for their leadership of the Congressio­nal CTE Caucus.”

Additional­ly, this resolution is supported by more than 50 organizati­ons, including: AASA, The School Superinten­dents Associatio­n, Achieving the Dream, American Federation of Teachers, American Associatio­n of Community Colleges, American Building Materials Alliance, American Institute of Architects, American Student Associatio­n, Associatio­n of Equipment Manufactur­es (AEM), Associatio­n of Woodworkin­g and Furnishing Suppliers, Capital Region BOCES, Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning, College in High School Alliance, DECA, Domtar Corporatio­n, Education Rising, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Hardwood Federation, Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Associatio­n, Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation, Jobs for the Future (JFF), Kellogg Community College, Kentucky Community & Technical College System, N2College Nationwide PreK12-Adult Merit Funding Prep, National Associatio­n of Workforce Boards (NAWB), National Alliance for Partnershi­ps in Equity, National Career and Developmen­t Associatio­n, National Education Associatio­n, National FFA, National Roofing Contractor­s Associatio­n, National School Boards Associatio­n, National Skills Coalition, Northwest Arkansas Community College, PDK Internatio­nal and Educators Rising, Progressiv­e Policy Institute, and Wood Machinery Manufactur­ers of America.

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