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Walberg Votes to Boost Workforce Training, Create 21st Century Jobs

September 13, 2016
Press Release


Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) voted today for the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, bipartisan legislation to help more Michigan students and workers enter the workforce with the skills they need to succeed. Click here to watch Congressman Walberg's remarks on the House floor.
 
This bipartisan legislation reauthorizes and reforms the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which has provided federal support to state and local career and technical education programs for more than 30 years. H.R. 5587 also includes Walberg-authored provisions to address outdated and burdensome occupational licensure requirements, which can create unnecessary regulatory barriers to job growth.
 
"Modernizing career and technical education programs will help ensure our aspiring workforce is getting the training they need and want to thrive in the 21st century workforce.  It is particularly important for students and workers in Michigan, where manufacturing and skilled trades are a vital component of our state's economy. I applaud the passage of this bipartisan legislation and will continue working with leaders at the state and local level to improve opportunities for more Michigan men and women to secure a good-paying job and fulfilling career," said Congressman Walberg.
 
"Career and Technical Education (CTE) is critical to the development of a skilled workforce in Monroe County. Monroe County Community College has formed partnerships with the local ISD, K-12, and local manufacturers to facilitate the development of a skilled workforce in Monroe. Such efforts include the development of a new Auto Service program and the expansion of the Middle College to include the STEM fields. Monroe County Community College continues to focus on programs that lead to students earning credentials of economic value. This bipartisan bill will assist the College as it continues to enrich and transform lives in Monroe County and beyond," said Dr. Kojo Quartey, President of Monroe County Community College.
 
"The Strengthening Career and Technical Education Act is a major step in the right direction to help provide our students and schools the opportunity to get the career skills that will lead to greater economic growth.  The business/community partnership is a key attribute to this Act since it will help enable educators and businesses to remove silos and adapt to the changing workforce needs. As an educator, I look forward to the implementation of this Act to help our CTE programs evolve to provide the cutting-edge skills that will help grow our workforce and economy," said Mark Pogliano, Principal of the Jackson Area Career Center.
 
"As a rural manufacturing business, Rima relies on skilled labor to operate, maintain, and repair our production equipment and mentor, develop, and enrich new workers coming into our industry. Manufacturing is alive and well, but needs to infuse its new labor force with the skills required to keep up with the ever-changing environment. The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act is a timely bill that will help us continue to thrive in today's world-wide competitive environment," said Jed Engle, President of Rima Manufacturing Company.
 
Click here to learn more about H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.
 
Congressman Walberg serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. For more information on Walberg's work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov.

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