Congressman Francis Rooney Votes to Support Career and Technical Education, Expanding Opportunity in Southwest Florida

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Congressman Francis Rooney Votes to Support Career and Technical Education, Expanding Opportunity in Southwest Florida, June 22, 2017 | Chris Berardi (202-897-7700) | comments

Congressman Francis Rooney Votes to Support Career and Technical Education, Expanding Opportunity in Southwest Florida

Washington, DC - This afternoon, Congressman Francis Rooney voted in support of H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (CTE).  Current policies restrict the ability of states to invest federal resources in efforts that prioritize economic growth and local needs. This occurs at a time when critical industries have vacant jobs but not enough qualified workers to fill them.

Congressman Rooney stated “Career and technical education is a key solution for the most critical needs of our economy. There are hundreds of thousands of good paying jobs that do not require a four-year degree. The pursuit of career and technical education will allow students to enter the workforce with usable skills that fulfill real world needs, without incurring tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt. CTE is a win for students, businesses and for our economy.”

Rooney continued, “Marine Concepts, a 40-year-old composite manufacturing company located within my district, is one example of why CTE is needed. This company provides several career paths with starting salaries that are nearly double the median salary of Lee County, yet these jobs require specific skills that college graduates do not possess. Career and technical education options will solve this worker shortage and provide immediate job opportunities to SWFL students.”  

The CTE will accomplish the following: 

·         Empower state and local community leaders by simplifying the application process for receiving federal funds and providing more flexibility to use federal resources to respond to changing education and economic needs.

·         Improve alignment with in-demand jobs by supporting innovative learning opportunities, building better community partnerships, and encouraging stronger engagement with employers.

·         Increase transparency and accountability by streamlining performance measures to ensure CTE programs deliver results.

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