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Latta Supports Legislation Strengthening Career and Technical Education

Washington, June 22, 2017 | Drew Griffin (202-225-6405)
Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) supported passage of the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act to modernize career and technical education (CTE) programs and help students gain the skills and knowledge they need in today’s workforce. The bill, H.R. 2353, brings programs established under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act up to speed with demands of the current job market.

“With a job market that continues to change, it’s critical that Ohioans have options when it comes to training for jobs in the modern economy,” said Latta. “This legislation updates federal law to ensure that those in the K-12 and workforce development systems have access to training in the most in-demand fields. Ensuring people have the skills to compete will help them find jobs and help businesses that are having difficulty filling positions. This legislation accomplishes these goals, and that’s why I joined my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in support of this bill.”

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act provides more flexibility to state and local community leaders for using federal CTE funds in order to better serve their area. The bill would also increase engagement with employers to improve training alignment with current in-demand jobs. The legislation also increases transparency and streamlines performance measures to better identify and evaluate successful federal programs.

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