Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) issued the following statement after the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act that she co-wrote with her colleagues on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce was signed into law:
“This is a big win for businesses and manufacturers in our district, and for students seeking the skills for the careers of tomorrow,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I was pleased to help write this important legislation with the input I received from employers and students across the district, including at our local BOCES programs.
“To compete in a 21st century economy, workers need the skills and experience necessary to secure high skilled jobs. This is especially important in the North Country, where we are home to industries ranging from bus to train manufacturers, and from paper mills to aerospace engineering.
“I am pleased to help write this critical, bipartisan law to strengthen our workforce and strengthen our North Country economy. Furthermore, as the co-chair of the bipartisan STEAM caucus, I am pleased that my initiative to expand art and design training was included. As our world’s challenges become more complex, employers need workers who can think outside of the box and creatively attack problems.”
This bipartisan legislation she developed with her colleagues on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce updates federal career and technical education (CTE) policies to help more students gain the knowledge and skills they need to compete for in-demand jobs. It also includes an initiative championed by Congresswoman Stefanik to allow use of funding to support the addition of art and design skill training into CTE programs.
The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act will help more individuals gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed by:
- Empowering State and Local Community Leaders
- Improving Alignment with In-Demand Jobs
- Increasing Transparency and Accountability
- Ensuring a Limited Federal Role