Portman, Colleagues Applaud Senate Passage of Resolution Recognizing February as “Career and Technical Education Month”

February 16, 2022


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WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLOMBIA – Today, US Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the Senate unanimously adopted a resolution recognizing February 2022 as the month of Career and Technical Education (CTE). The resolution was sponsored by Senate co-chairs CTE Caucus, Senators Portman, Tim Kane (D-VA), Todd Young (R-IN) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). The resolution was co-sponsored by a broad bipartisan group of 68 senators.

“Careers and technical education give our children the skills they need to prepare for work on the day of graduation. We want our young people to take full advantage of the opportunities in the labor market and get to the ground immediately. “ said Senator Portman. “Now, more than ever as we emerge from this pandemic, I believe that raising awareness about careers and technical education is key to creating new opportunities in more communities in Ohio and across the country. As co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Group, I will continue my work at the federal level to ensure that Washington is an effective partner with local communities in providing Americans with the skills they need to succeed. ”

“I am proud that the Senate has adopted our resolution recognizing the importance of careers and technical education. I remain committed to investing in career programs and technical training to provide all students with the skills necessary for a successful career. ” Said Senator Kane.

“Supporting the workforce training opportunities for Hoosiers is vital to the economic prosperity and future of our state,” Said Senator Young. “Indiana’s workforce needs the right skills and training to work tomorrow. By investing in our people, we are helping to secure the path to a meaningful career and the opportunity to live the American dream. ”

“I am proud to have joined these bipartisan efforts to emphasize the importance of careers and technical education. The only way we can effectively address labor readiness is to have a strong public-private partnership supported by a Congress that works across party lines. We demonstrate this commitment to this Senate resolution. ” Said Senator Baldwin. “We know that CTE is one of the most effective means of responding to changes in the labor market and the needs of businesses in the readiness of the workforce. Now we need to do more to support CTE students so that they are better prepared for highly skilled jobs today and tomorrow. ”

Senator Portman supported the promotion Career Strengthening and Technical Education Act for the 21st Century, which became law in 2018 and included Portman Tomorrow’s Labor Law as well as provisions relating to a number of different bills sponsored and introduced by members of CTE Caucus, including CLASS SHOP Law, An act of SUCCESSand Perkins Fund for Equity and Excellence.

At this Congress, Senators Portman and Kane introduced a bipartisan Jumpstart Our Businesss by Supporting Students (JOBS) Acta bill that will help students gain access to learning and close this “skills gap” by expanding eligibility for Pell Grants to cover high-quality and rigorous short-term training programs so workers can afford the training skills and credentials that are in high demand in modern labor market.

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