Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Nolan Reintroduces Reauthorization of Career and Technical Education Funding

May 4, 2017
Press Release

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today reintroduced his bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) for the 21st Century Act. The legislation reauthorizes and reforms the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, helping more Americans enter the workforce with the skills they need to compete for high-skilled, in-demand jobs.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a largely identical bill in September 2016 by a vote of 405 to 5, but the legislation stalled in the Senate.

Addressing his colleagues in September, Nolan stated: “This bill is about more jobs, more opportunities to learn, and more dynamic growth for an economy in need of the most skilled workers America can provide.”

Nolan continued: “Time and again, when I visit with the owners and managers of manufacturing facilities in my northern Minnesota district, I’m told two things. The first is that the employees they’ve hired who have participated in CTE programs are among the very best they have. The second point is that they need more CTE-trained people. This bill adds important new provisions to expand and update CTE so jobs can be filled.”

Video of Nolan’s floor speech is available HERE.

Nolan is joined in introducing this legislation by U.S. Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Lloyd Smucker (R-PA), Drew Ferguson (R-GA), James Langevin (D-RI), and Katherine Clark (D-MA).