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PERKINS CTE REAUTHORIZATION: President Donald J. Trump’s Administration worked to help secure reauthorization for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins CTE).

  • Perkins CTE has been one of the Administration’s top legislative priorities.
    • Last reauthorized in 2006, Perkins CTE has been stalled for years due to policy disagreements.
    • Reauthorizing Perkins CTE was one of the top workforce development policies in President Trump’s infrastructure plan, which was sent to Congress in February 2018.
  • Working hand-in-hand with the Administration, Congress passed and the President signed into law the reauthorization for Perkins CTE.
    • Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump together with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and other Administration officials worked closely with Congress to help advance reauthorization.

PROMOTING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION: CTE programs help provide students with the skills they need to succeed in the economy of today and tomorrow.

  • Perkins CTE programs authorize more than $1 billion for States each year to fund vocational and career-focused education programs.
  • These programs will benefit secondary and post-secondary students across America who utilize CTE programs to gain the skills and knowledge needed for rewarding careers.
    • Perkins CTE reauthorization will benefit more than 11 million students.

ACCOMPLISHING AN ADMINISTRATION PRIORITY:  President Trump has made workforce development a top priority of his Administration, and has taken action to follow through on this priority.

  • President Trump has taken a range of actions to better prepare our Nation’s workforce.
  • Recently, President Trump signed an Executive Order “Establishing the President’s National Council for the American Worker.”
    • The new Council will raise awareness of the skills gap, help expand apprenticeships, and encourage investment in worker education.
    • A number of major companies attended the signing and pledged to offer millions of new education and job-training opportunities for American workers.
  • In February 2018, President Trump released an infrastructure plan that would reform and modernize Federal education and workforce development programs.
  • In June 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order to expand apprenticeships and improve job-training programs by:
    • Using available Department of Labor funding to promote apprenticeships and work-based learning.
    • Supporting efforts by educational institutions to incorporate apprenticeship programs into their curricula and offer industry-recognized credentials.
    • Establishing a task force with leaders from trade and industry groups, companies, educational institutions, government, non-profit organizations, and unions.