Congresswoman Bustos Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Career and Technical Education

Today, the House approved the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, sending the measure to the President’s desk

Washington– Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) issued the following statement after the House passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. Earlier this week, the bill also passed the Senate. This legislation reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provides federal funding for community colleges, high schools and technical campuses providing career and technical education (CTE) programs.

“It is incredibly important that we prepare our children with the skills they need to get ahead,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “This bipartisan legislation will help close the skills gap and better prepare our 21st century workforce by bringing businesses and educators together to develop enhanced training programs. I will continue to champion initiatives that connect hardworking Illinoisans with the career and technical education they need to succeed in our rapidly changing economy.”

Congresswoman Bustos, a longtime advocate for expanding CTE programs, joined Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-8) in a letter this past November urging the Senate to act on this legislation. The House passed an initial version of the bill in June last year.