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U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. applauded the Senate’s passage of legislation to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act.

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act would make important, necessary updates to career and technical education to give workers and students the skills they need to find high-skill, high-wage or in-demand jobs.

“It is wonderful that the Senate was able to pass the reauthorization of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act with such strong bipartisan support,” Enzi said. “It is a testament to all those who worked together over the years to focus on what is important, supporting learning opportunities for students to gain technical skills and knowledge. Career and technical education is an increasingly important part of preparing Americans to enter and thrive in the modern workforce and this legislation will help strengthen these programs for the future.”

While the House passed their own reauthorization of Perkins CTE earlier this Congress, Enzi said he was hopeful that the House would vote on the Senate bill allowing the president to sign the legislation into law as soon as possible.

The first reauthorization of the Perkins CTE Act since 2006, this legislation would encourage states, schools and local CTE providers to update education and job training to meet the needs of the local economies, ensuring students have the skills needed to remain competitive. It would also increase alignment with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and promote collaboration between stakeholders so that local businesses can communicate their needs to states and educators as strategies and programs are developed.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, along with nearly 500 businesses and organizations from the National Association of Manufacturers, have voiced their support for bipartisan reauthorization of the Perkins CTE Act.