The SVO Voices Support of Reauthorizing 'Perkins CTE Act'

The silicon valley organization voiced its support of H.R. 5587, also known as the 'Perkins CTE Act,' in the following letter, addressed to House and Senate CTE Caucus Co-Chairs Glenn Thompson, Tim Kaine, Jim Langevin, and Rob Portman:

We, the undersigned businesses and organizations, write to express our desire to help more Americans enter the workforce with the skills they need to compete for high-skilled, in-demand jobs by supporting career and technical education (CTE) and strengthening the investment in the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins). In the 114th Congress, lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly supported the passage of H.R. 5587, a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Perkins Act. To realize the goals of this legislation, we must also provide the resources to ensure that all students have access to high-quality CTE programs that are academically rigorous and aligned to the needs of business and industry.

In the decade since the last Perkins reauthorization, our economy has experienced a tremendous transformation, increasingly requiring skills such as critical thinking and technical competencies. CTE is an effective tool for improving student outcomes and helps prepare both secondary and postsecondary students with the necessary academic, technical, and employability skills required to be successful in the workforce. Indeed, CTE prepares students both for college and careers.

High-quality CTE programs, supported by the Perkins Act, are critical to meeting the needs of this new 21st Century economy. As we consider how federal policy proposals can achieve President Trump’s promise to “make America great again” we urge Congress to support the Perkins Act and allocate adequate resources to ensure our country’s CTE programs can take full advantage of a newly reinvigorated CTE law.

Equally as urgent, employers of all sizes have been reporting a shortage of skilled workers for many in-demand careers. The Perkins Act is an essential and important step to addressing the nation’s persistent skills gap and ensuring students of all ages have an opportunity to participate in the American economy with a rewarding career. Perkins can support students, employers and the community by:

  • Aligning CTE programs to the needs of the regional, state, and local labor market;
  • Supporting effective and meaningful collaboration between secondary and postsecondary institutions and employers;
  • Increasing student participation in experiential learning opportunities such as industry internships, apprenticeships and mentorships; and
  • Promoting the use of industry-recognized credentials.

Our nation's investment in CTE, provided through Perkins, is crucial to building our economy and maintaining a healthy labor market. Perkins-funded CTE programs, found in every state and Congressional district, are working with business and industry partners to help fill the jobs available today, while preparing a qualified workforce for the careers of tomorrow. From FY 2007 to 2016, total Perkins grant funding to states declined by 13 percent--nearly $170 million less in funding to support CTE.

As the new Administration and Congress consider investment priorities in the upcoming year, we hope that you will recommit to investing in our nation’s CTE programs, so that critical reforms can flourish throughout the country.

Sincerely,

  • AASA, The School Superintendents Association
  • ACCA - Air Conditioning Contractors of America
  • ACT, Inc.
  • Advance CTE
  • Afterschool Alliance
  • Alloy Engineering Co. Inc.
  • American Architectural Manufacturers Association
  • American Association of Community Colleges
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW)
  • American Farm Bureau Federation
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association
  • American Society of Employers
  • AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology
  • Arizona Technology Council
  • Associated General Contractors
  • Association of Career and Technical Education
  • Association of Community College Trustees
  • Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS)
  • Augustus F. Hawkins Foundation
  • Automation Federation
  • Battelle Memorial Institute
  • The Boeing Company
  • Business Council of Alabama
  • Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
  • Committee For Children
  • Delta Systems Inc
  • Educators Rising
  • Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Inc. (FCCLA)
  • Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL)
  • General & Automotive Machine
  • Georgia Association of Manufacturers
  • Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
  • Global Cold Chain Alliance
  • Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, NH
  • Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce
  • Hi-Lex Controls
  • IBM
  • Industrial Minerals Association - North America
  • Ingersoll Rand
  • International Sign Association
  • Iowa Association of Business and Industry
  • Jobs for the Future
  • Learning Disabilities Association of America
  • Lovejoy Chaplet Corp
  • Manufacturers Education and Training Alliance
  • Mississippi Manufacturers Association
  • Missouri Association of Manufacturers`
  • Montana Chamber of Commerce
  • Montana Manufacturing Association
  • National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE)
  • National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • National Association of State Directors of Special Education
  • National Association of Trailer Manufacturers
  • National Council for Advanced Manufacturing
  • National Council for Workforce Education
  • National FFA Organization
  • National Roofing Contractors Association
  • National Skills Coalition
  • Partnership for New York City
  • Pearl River Community College
  • PG&E Corporation
  • Port Townsend Paper Corporation
  • Quality Float Works, Inc.
  • Roaring Spring Blank Book Co.
  • School Social Work Association of America
  • SEMI
  • SkillsUSA
  • Software & Information Industry Association
  • Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky
  • Technology Student Association
  • Tennessee Association of Manufacturers (TAM)
  • The Boeing Company
  • The Business Council of Westchester
  • The New England Council
  • The silicon valley organization
  • The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP)
  • Thermcraft, Inc
  • Third Way
  • Toyota
  • Union Roofing Contractors Association
  • United Way Worldwide
  • Vermont Chamber of Commerce
  • Vernier Software & Technology
  • Whayne Supply Company & Walker Machinery Company
  • WV Council for Community and Technical College Education
  • Xerox Corporation
  • Young Invincibles