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June 18, 2018

MSCI Tells Senate To Reauthorize Career And Technical Training Bill

The Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) has joined dozens of other organizations to send a letter to members of the U.S. Senate urging them to take swift, bipartisan action to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. Updating this legislation is crucial to helping U.S. students acquire the skills needed to be successful in today’s workplace.The House of Representatives unanimously passed a version of a Perkins CTE reauthorization in 2017. The letter says it is time for the Senate to follow suit and help prepare Americans for career opportunities in a growing economy.

The letter also said reauthorization should focus on areas where improvements can be made to current law. MSCI supports efforts to:

  • Align CTE programs to the needs of the regional, state and local labor market;
  • Support effective and meaningful collaboration between secondary and postsecondary institutions and employers;
  • Increase student participation in work-based learning opportunities; and
  • Promote the use of industry recognized credentials and other recognized postsecondary credentials.

The letter is available here.

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has scheduled an Executive Session for Wednesday, June 20 at 10:30 a.m. that will include a markup of the Perkins bill.