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August 6, 2018 2:50pm

ICYMI: Perkins Act Reauthorization

Last week, President Trump signed into law the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, updating and reauthorizing the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. In total, the legislation allocates roughly $1.3 billion annually to support career and technical education (CTE) programs throughout the country—including here in Greater Louisville.

GLI has long advocated for reauthorization of the Perkins Act and was pleased to see Congress restore funding for the program to pre-recession levels. In our most recent Federal Agenda, we stated:

Resources are needed to prepare our region’s youth and adults for career paths more aligned with the needs of our economy. GLI supports program funding focused on integrating work-based learning, such as apprenticeships, and prioritization of credentialing outcomes to keep Greater Louisville’s workforce competitive on the international stage. This includes reauthorizing the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and restoring its funding to pre-recession levels.

The Perkins Act was last reauthorized in 2006, and funding for the program declined by approximately 13 percent between then and 2017. The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act will help regions like Greater Louisville close skills gaps and build a globally-competitive workforce ready to fill the jobs of today and tomorrow.

In addition to the increase in funding, the legislation makes several noteworthy updates to federal CTE law, including improved alignment with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and new language that changes the role of the U.S. Department of Education in setting CTE assessments and standards.

A full analysis of the bill can be read here. Read more about GLI’s efforts to support CTE programs and funding here and here.