Originally published in The Hill – July 10, 2018
Bipartisan education bills rooted in common sense don’t come along every day. When they do, they should be celebrated.
On June 26, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) passed an update to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act. This long overdue modernization of a bill, last updated in 2006, will help usher the U.S. education system into the 21st century and ensure it is preparing students to succeed in a rapidly evolving economy.
At a time when jobs outnumber the jobless, our education system must prepare students to fill open positions. An increasing number of industries, such as computer programming and commercial construction, have thousands of vacancies, pay well, and don’t even require a college degree. Yet these positions can’t be filled because HR departments from coast to coast can’t find qualified applicants with the appropriate skills. The CTE Act will help construct a workforce armed with the skills to fill these jobs, thus fueling the American economy.
Read the full story co-authored by Mary Gifford and Shawn Ehnes, Superintendent of Schools for the Julesburg School District, in The Hill.