Wednesday, U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) announced the Senate unanimously passed a resolution he sponsored recognizing February 2022 as Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month.
The resolution was sponsored by the co-chairs of the Senate CTE Caucus, Senators Young, Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.).
“Supporting workforce training opportunities for Hoosiers is vital to our state’s economic prosperity and future,” said Senator Young. “Indiana’s workforce needs the right skills and training for the jobs of tomorrow. By investing in our people, we help provide a pathway to a meaningful career and a chance to live the American Dream.”
“I’m proud to join this bipartisan effort to highlight the importance of career and technical education. The only way we can meet workforce readiness challenges effectively, is if we have strong public-private partnerships that are supported by a Congress working across party lines. We are showing that commitment with this Senate Resolution,” said Senator Baldwin. “We know that CTE is one of the most effective vehicles for responding to labor market changes and the workforce readiness needs of business. Now we need to do more to support CTE students so that they are better equipped for the high-skilled jobs of today and tomorrow.”
“Advance CTE celebrates, alongside bipartisan Congressional leadership, the educators and leaders who are committed to ensuring every learner has access to and feels welcome in CTE programs that prepare them for opportunities in today’s complex labor market,” stated Kimberly Green, Executive Director of Advance CTE. “Our nation’s economic competitiveness and infrastructure rely on a diverse and robust talent pool and pipeline. CTE provides flexible, responsive pathways for millions of today’s learners to become tomorrow’s front-line workers.”
Senator Young has long championed the importance of CTE. In 2018, the Senator helped advance the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act into law which included a number of provisions championed by the CTE Caucus to improve quality and access for CTE programs across the country.
Full text of the resolution is available here.