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Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi

Representing the 8th District of Illinois

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi’s Bipartisan Bill to Reform Career, Technical, and Vocational Education Signed Into Law

July 31, 2018
Press Release
The legislation is the first reauthorization and reform of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Program in 12 years

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the President signed into law H.R. 2353, the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act which was led by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA). The bill reauthorizes and modernizes the American career, technical, and vocational education system for the first time since 2006. Among many important changes to skills-based education and training nationwide, this legislation increases funding for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Program by up to $1.3 billion annually, providing high school and post-secondary students with on-the-job training in fields such as cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing, and healthcare. It also requires educators to work with local businesses to ensure middle school, high school, and post-secondary courses prepare students for in-demand jobs in their community.

“Right now in the United States, there are 6.5 million unfilled jobs because employers simply cannot find workers with the necessary skills and training for the job, even as millions of American seek careers that will help secure their families a place in the middle class,” said Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi. “This groundbreaking legislation makes critical reforms to skills-based education programs across the country to close the skills gap, train workers, and provide students from all backgrounds a path towards a family-sustaining life in the middle class. I am thrilled by the passage of this major bipartisan legislation, and am excited to help educators and students adjust to these critical reforms to increase worker wages and strengthen our economy for generations to come.”