Career and Technical Education Associations Applaud Congressional Passage of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Silver Spring, MD - The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) today applauded the House of Representatives’ passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), H.R. 803, which reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).

“Advocates from the career and technical education (CTE) community, representatives from business groups and dedicated Members of Congress have worked for more than a decade on this crucial piece of legislation, and their efforts culminated in today’s vote,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “I speak for ACTE’s thousands of members nationwide when I express my gratitude to our partners on Capitol Hill for their commitment to providing millions of Americans with the technical skills and workforce training they need to gain valued, well-paying careers.”

“I commend the Congressional leadership for the bipartisanship and commitment that made today’s vote possible. This law's passage sends an important signal that preparing Americans to be successful in the highly-competitive global economy is an issue that brings together, rather than divides, our country,” said NASDCTEc Executive Director Kimberly Green. “State CTE leaders look forward to being key partners in the implementation of this law, ensuring that there are opportunities for Americans of all ages to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to get ahead in our economy.”

The bipartisan, bicameral legislation passed through the House of Representatives today 415-6 after passing the Senate 95-3 last month. It will now travel to the President’s desk, where it will await his signature to sign the bill into law. Both ACTE and NASDCTEc encourage President Obama to act quickly in taking the long-overdue final step of the reauthorization process.

WIA was enacted in 1998 to streamline the nation’s job training programs, and came due for reauthorization in 2003. WIOA will build on the foundation laid in the existing legislation by strengthening the connection between skills training and the business community, aligning programs across the workforce system and upholding the vital role that training providers, including community colleges, play as mandatory members of local workforce investment boards.

The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) was established in 1920 to represent the state and territory heads of secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across the nation. NASDCTEc, through leadership, advocacy and partnerships, aims to support an innovative CTE system that prepares individuals to succeed in education and their careers, and poises the United States to flourish a global, dynamic economy.