Langevin, Thompson Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing National Career and Technical Education Month

Feb 11, 2019 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Education

WASHINGTON – Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), co-chairs of the Congressional Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, today introduced a resolution recognizing February as National CTE Month.

“I’m proud to join Congressman Thompson this National CTE Month to highlight the accomplishments and achievements of our nation’s CTE programs,” said Langevin. “Across the country, CTE programs prepare students for careers in high-demand industries, training the skilled workforce needed to meet the growing demands of business. Continuing to support and expand CTE programs that help Rhode Islanders succeed in high-paying jobs remains one of my top priorities in Congress. I look forward to advancing this bipartisan effort as we continue to work to strengthen federal investments in CTE through Perkins grants, innovation funds, and any infrastructure package we may consider.”

“As Co-Chair of the bipartisan Career and Technical Education Caucus, I am pleased to celebrate February as CTE Month,” said Thompson. “Given the dramatic evolution of our nation’s workforce, it is imperative that we create pathways to education and workforce development for individuals of all ages who are interested in pursuing careers in high-demand industries and technical fields. If we are going to permanently close the nation’s skills-gap and restore rungs on the ladder of opportunity, it will be through enhancing these opportunities. I thank my friend Rep. Jim Langevin for his commitment to strengthening career and technical education for all Americans.”

"This resolution underscores the strong bipartisan support for CTE and demonstrates the important role it plays in helping students achieve education and career success," said LeAnn Wilson, the executive director of the Association for Career and Technical Education. "We are grateful for Representatives Langevin and Thompson's strong leadership of the Congressional CTE Caucus, and for spearheading the House resolution marking February as CTE Month."​

In July 2018, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century, legislation led by Thompson and Langevin, was signed into law. The bill made major updates to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, increasing federal investment in CTE programs and realigning them with industry needs to better close the skills gap.

CTE programs prepare students for careers in manufacturing, IT, and other skilled trades. There are over 12.5 million high school and college students enrolled in CTE programs across the United States.

The resolution was also cosponsored by Langevin and Thomson’s colleagues, U.S. Representatives Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Anthony Brindisi (D-NY), John Carter (R-TX), James Comer (R-KY), Angie Craig (D-MN), Mike Doyle (D-PA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Glenn Grothman (R-WI), Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Denny Heck (D-WA), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Hank Johnson (D-GA), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Steve King (R-IA), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Rick Larsen (D-WA), Bob Latta (R-OH), Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), Susie Lee (D-NV), Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), Paul Mitchell (R-MI), Joe Morelle (D-NY), Collin Peterson (D-MN), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Tim Ryan (D-OH), Adam Schiff (D-CA), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Mike Simpson (R-ID), Adam Smith (D-WA), Lloyd Smucker (R-PA), Mike Thompson (D-CA), Fred Upton (R-MI), Bruce Westerman (R-AR), Frederica Wilson (D-FL), John Yarmuth (D-KY).

Text of the resolution.