Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Nolan’s Bill Reauthorizing the Career and Technical Education Act Passes House and Senate – Off to President’s Desk for Signature

Jul 25, 2018
Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today applauded the bipartisan passage of his Strengthening Career and Technical Education Act (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.

Rep. Nolan was one of six original authors of this legislation, which was first introduced in the 114th Congress. The Perkins CTE Act is the main source of federal funding to states to improve secondary and postsecondary career and technical education programs across the nation. Nolan noted that in Minnesota alone, these funds support 107,835 high school students and 59,169 postsecondary students enrolled in one or more of the 9,019 unique CTE classes across the state.

The U.S. Senate passed the Reauthorization of the Career and Technical Education Act on Monday of this week by unanimous consent. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a largely identical bill in September 2016 by a vote of 405 to 5 and again in July 2017, but each time the legislation stalled in the Senate.

Addressing his colleagues 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.”

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).

Video of Nolan’s floor speech is available HERE.