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us-house-of-representatives-logoOn Tuesday, September 13th, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, or H.R. 5587.

The House vote was 405-5. U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5) introduced the bipartisan legislation. Thompson is the House Career and Technical Education Caucus co-chair, as well as a House Committee on Education and the Workforce senior member. Under H.R. 5587, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act will be reformed and reauthorized. A greater number of Americans will get assistance with acquiring jobs via skills training for jobs that are in demand.

Thompson issued the following statement regarding the House’s approval of H.R. 5587, “This bill provides a clear path towards robust career and technical education training, in order to put America back to work and to empower young people with the skills to land in-demand jobs in high-wage industries… As I travel across Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District, I am amazed that so many employers are looking for a highly trained workforce. Meanwhile, unemployment and under-employment plague our communities and leave families struggling to make ends meet. This bipartisan legislation represents real progress in closing our nation’s skills gap, while providing a path forward to those who are looking to better their own lives.”

According to Thompson in a news release, H.R. 5587 will do the following:

  • Improve alignment with in-demand jobs by supporting innovative learning opportunities, building better community partnerships, and encouraging stronger engagement with employers.
  • Enhance career and technical education through increased focus on employability skills, work-based learning opportunities, and meaningful credentialing so students are prepared to enter the workforce poised for success.
  • Ensure career and technical education prepares all students, including historically disadvantaged and vulnerable students, for success in high-skill, high-wage occupations and careers in nontraditional fields.
  • Deliver states more flexibility to use federal resources in response to changing education and economic needs.

You can learn more about H.R. 5587 here.