Congress plays a critical role in making sure Career and Technical Education is properly funded and appropriately focused. The House of Representatives did its part earlier this summer in passing the bi-partisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.
Passage of this important legislation is a priority outlined in the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s 2017 Advocacy Agenda. Earlier this year, the Partnership sent a letter to Buffalo Niagara’s federal delegation expressing our support for this bill. The legislation not only provides funding to high schools and colleges for career and technical education, but mandates alignment between the training programs and the needs of target industries to help close the skills gap and ensure employers are can find qualified people looking not only for a job, but a rewarding career.
The legislation is now before the Senate, specifically in the hands of Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. We have sent a letter to Senators Gillibrand and Schumer requesting their support and help in delivering swift passage.
Stay tuned for updates as we push this and other legislation necessary to advance workforce development in Buffalo Niagara.