Silver Spring, MD - February 2, 2015 - The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) today expressed appreciation for the Obama Administration’s efforts to invest in America’s career and technical education (CTE) programs through the proposals and initiatives included in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget request.
Executive Directors Kimberly Green and LeAnn Wilson stated that they were pleased with the Administration’s recognition of CTE’s role in equitably preparing students at the secondary and postsecondary level for college and career success, reflected by the inclusion of an additional $200 million for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins). The additional funds would support the president’s recently announced American Technical Training Fund through a CTE Innovation Fund included in Perkins. The organizations noted, however, that there is still a great need for increased investment in the state grant formula program provided under the Perkins Act, which is the primary source of dedicated federal support for the nation’s CTE system. By infusing greater funding into the existing basic state formula, the Administration can connect states with the resources they need to ensure innovative programs and practices can be scaled to reach all students.
“I am encouraged by the Administration’s continued efforts to work with Congress to build our investment in CTE, as well as its recognition of the need for additional resources to support high-quality programs,” said Wilson. “While there is still much to be done to fulfill our duty to prepare every student for success in a career they feel passionately about, this budget request signals a strong foundation as we work with President Obama and his Administration in the coming year.”
The creation of the American Technical Training Fund through the Perkins CTE Innovation Fund will support the development and operation of innovative, evidence-based job training programs in high-demand fields. The proposal has been a major topic of conversation since the president’s State of the Union address, and will strengthen public recognition of the invaluable contributions of CTE programs in skills training and ensuring America’s economic competitiveness on a global scale.
“We are encouraged by the Administration’s commitment to increasing access to high-quality CTE programs through the proposed creation of this fund,” NASDCTEc's Green said. "The American Technical Training Fund creates a unique opportunity to promote, catalyze and bring to scale high-quality CTE programs of study that engage in strong partnerships with employers and prepare learners at all levels for the careers of their choice."
NASDCTEc and ACTE remain committed to expanding equitable access to high-quality CTE and look forward to a thoughtful reauthorization process of the Perkins Act, wherein many of the proposals in today’s budget request can be strengthened and more fully realized. As the federal budget and appropriations process proceeds, Congress must fulfill its commitment to America’s students, employers and educators by increasing its investment in CTE through Perkins.
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 in a global, dynamic economy. www.careertech.org.
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.