Career Ready Act of 2015 introduced by Senators Portman, Kaine, and Baldwin

US. Senator’s Kaine, Portman, and Baldwin have introduced S. 478, the Career Ready Act of 2015.

The Career Ready Act would:

  • Encourage states to emphasize the importance of career readiness by reporting on the opportunities they offer, such as work-based learning and postsecondary credentials, to help ensure students can compete for good paying jobs
  • Help schools align career exploration course offerings and counseling to the workforce needs of the local community and coordinate with the requirements of the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act
  • Allow states to utilize multiple indicators of career readiness when they report data to the federal government, such as attainment of recognized postsecondary credentials or academic and technical skills including industry-recognized certificates, certifications, licenses, and postsecondary degrees
  • Strengthen the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling grant program in current law by
    • Placing an emphasis on career guidance
    • Providing professional development to school counselors by training them to use labor market information that educates students on postsecondary opportunities.
    • Building partnerships with community groups such as local workforce investment boards, businesses, industries, and regional economic development agencies

CTE 101 — House Congressional Caucus Briefing — Feb 10 2015

The House Congressional Caucus Cochaired by Rep. GT Thompson and Rep. Langevin hold ongoing briefings.  Below is a listing

CTE 101 Briefing — Tuesday February 10

Panelists included:

  • Mitchell Coppes, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Manager, Association for Career and Technical Education
  • Kim Green: Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium
  • Eric Gearhart, Special Projects Consultant, SkillsUSA

Congressional Hearing March 2014

The House Education and Workforce held two field hearings in Nevada and Arizona on March 18th and 20th, respectively.

On Tuesday, March 18 at 2:00 p.m., Chairman Kline will join Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) in Nevada’s 3rd District for a field hearing entitled, “Reviving our Economy: How Career and Technical Education Can Strengthen the Workforce.” The hearing will take place at Southwest Career and Technical Academy, Coyote Ballroom, located at 7050 West Shelbourne Avenue in Las Vegas, Nevada.

On Thursday, March 20 at 9:00 a.m., Chairman Kline will join Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) in Arizona’s 5th District for a field hearing entitled, “Reviving our Economy: Supporting a 21st Century Workforce.” The hearing will take place at Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus, Student Union-Cooley Ballroom B, located at 7001 East Williams Field Road in Mesa, Arizona.

Link to further information about both hearings can be found here.

Senate Caucus Announced

On January 29, 2014, Senators Kaine (D-VA) and Portman (R-OH) announced the formation of a Senate Caucus on Career and Technical Education.

The bipartisan Caucus “will focus on improving and strengthening access to career and technical education to ensure that students of all ages are prepared with the skills they need for the jobs of the 21st century.”

Senator Kaine’s press release can be found here

Senator Portman’s press release can be found here

The Senate Caucus extends the House Bipartisan CTE caucus which is chaired by Representatives Langevin (D-RI) and G.T. Thompson (R-PA).  Information on the House caucus can be found on Rep. Langevin and Rep. Thompson’s websites.

Congressional Hearing November 2013

On November 19, 2013, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a public hearing titled “Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Jobs:  Improving the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.”  In the hearing announcement, the Committee stated that the hearing would “provide members an opportunity to discuss proposals to strengthen CTE programs and help students gain the valuable credits and certifications needed to compete for in-demand jobs.”

Chairman Kline greets IBM’s Stan Litow and other witnesses prior to hearing









The witnesses and their testimony included:

The Honorable Brenda Dann-Messier

Mr. Stanley S. Litow

Dr. Blake Flanders

Dr. Bryan Albrecht

Video of the hearing is available here.

More can be found on the Committee website here.