Senator Tim Kaine Receives Congressional Star of Education Award

April 17, 2015 - Silver Spring, MD - Yesterday, the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) was proud to announce Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) as the winner of its Congressional Star of Education Award demonstrating leadership, vision and dedication to Career Technical Education (CTE).

Senator Kaine has made extraordinary efforts in Congress to advance and strengthen the Senate's commitment to the CTE community. As a founding member and current co-Chair of the Senate CTE Caucus, Senator Kaine has supported the federal investment to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, raised awareness and understanding of CTE via Congressional briefings and events, and introduced legislation aimed at strengthening and expanding CTE throughout the country.

"Senator Kaine is a vocal advocate, passionate spokesperson and true champion for Career Technical Education," said Kimberly Green, NASDCTEc Executive Director. "From the very beginning of his tenure in the United States Senate, and even in his previous role as Governor of Virginia, he has sought to educate others on the value CTE has for students, employers and our country. The entire community is grateful for all he has done and continues to do to build support for and advance high-quality CTE."

"I am truly honored to receive this award," said Senator Kaine. "NASDCTEc and I share a common belief that strengthening CTE programs can open up job opportunities for young people and prepare our students for a 21st century workforce. I am proud to have co-founded the Senate CTE Caucus and introduced the Middle STEP Act last Congress, and I will continue to advocate for stronger federal commitment to CTE through the Educating Tomorrow's Workforce Act, the Career Ready Act and other policies aimed at developing career readiness in this Congress. I take this award as encouragement to persevere until every child in America has access to high-quality career technical education."
 
Last week at the NASDCTEc 2015 Spring Meeting, Senator Kaine shared this video message with conference attendees.

Contact: Katie Fitzgerald, kfitzgerald@careertech.org, 301-588-9630

About NASDCTEc
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.