Curbelo Welcomes the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act Becoming Law
Today Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) welcomed the “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act” being signed into law by the President, that reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, designed to prepare students for high-skilled and nontraditional jobs.“I am deeply encouraged that the “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act” has been signed into law to promote work-based learning and increase access to useful credentials,” Curbelo said. “I had the opportunity to work on the re-authorization when I was a member of Education and Workforce Committee, bringing relevant stakeholders to the table to ensure that students have the necessary training to successfully enter the workforce.”
The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act is a $1.1 billion program, last reauthorized in 2006, to provide funding for job training and related programs for high school students, many of whom may be seeking post-secondary options other than a four-year college degree.
Curbelo has been a consistent advocate for assisting those in need with support to enter the workforce. His bipartisan legislation, the “Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act,” which passed the House last year, would help connect Americans looking for work with employers seeking to fill job vacancies through on-the-job training, and uses $100 million from the TANF Contingency Fund Grant’s to conduct demonstration projects to assist TANF recipients. He’s also worked diligently to encourage more support for career and technical education as a viable alternative to traditional degrees.