PERKINS CTE REAUTHORIZATION: President Donald J. Trump’s Administration worked to help secure reauthorization for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins CTE).
- Perkins CTE has been one of the Administration’s top legislative priorities.
- Last reauthorized in 2006, Perkins CTE has been stalled for years due to policy disagreements.
- Reauthorizing Perkins CTE was one of the top workforce development policies in President Trump’s infrastructure plan, which was sent to Congress in February 2018.
- Working hand-in-hand with the Administration, Congress passed and the President signed into law the reauthorization for Perkins CTE.
- Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump together with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and other Administration officials worked closely with Congress to help advance reauthorization.
PROMOTING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION: CTE programs help provide students with the skills they need to succeed in the economy of today and tomorrow.
- Perkins CTE programs authorize more than $1 billion for States each year to fund vocational and career-focused education programs.
- These programs will benefit secondary and post-secondary students across America who utilize CTE programs to gain the skills and knowledge needed for rewarding careers.
- Perkins CTE reauthorization will benefit more than 11 million students.
ACCOMPLISHING AN ADMINISTRATION PRIORITY: President Trump has made workforce development a top priority of his Administration, and has taken action to follow through on this priority.
- President Trump has taken a range of actions to better prepare our Nation’s workforce.
- Recently, President Trump signed an Executive Order “Establishing the President’s National Council for the American Worker.”
- The new Council will raise awareness of the skills gap, help expand apprenticeships, and encourage investment in worker education.
- A number of major companies attended the signing and pledged to offer millions of new education and job-training opportunities for American workers.
- In February 2018, President Trump released an infrastructure plan that would reform and modernize Federal education and workforce development programs.
- In June 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order to expand apprenticeships and improve job-training programs by:
- Using available Department of Labor funding to promote apprenticeships and work-based learning.
- Supporting efforts by educational institutions to incorporate apprenticeship programs into their curricula and offer industry-recognized credentials.
- Establishing a task force with leaders from trade and industry groups, companies, educational institutions, government, non-profit organizations, and unions.