Alexander: President Trump, Congress Deliver Boost to Career and Technical Education in Tennessee

Posted on July 31, 2018

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2018 — Senate education and labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said legislation signed into law by President Trump today will help Tennesseans learn the skills they need to find a good job.

“With President Trump’s signature, more than 200,000 Tennesseans who participate in career and technical education programs will get a boost in learning the skills that help them find a good job and put them on the path towards the middle class. At a time when our economy is booming, what I hear most often from Tennessee employers is that they need more skilled workers,” Alexander said. “The Perkins CTE Act funds the programs that help train those skilled workers—for example, a high school student wanting to become a computer coder, or an adult going back to school to learn about commercial construction.”

The Perkins CTE Act—which passed the Senate and House of Representatives last week—was co-sponsored by Senator Alexander, who worked on the legislation with its authors Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.), along with the senior Democrat on the Senate’s education and labor committee, Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

The legislation provides nearly $1.2 billion of grants to states to train students and workers to compete for high-skilled, in-demand jobs. Sen. Alexander worked closely with Ivanka Trump and the Trump Administration to pass this legislation. This reauthorization makes important updates to current law, including limiting the role of the Department of Education so states don’t have to ask ‘Mother May I?,’ when they want to make changes to do what is best for their students and increases expectations that states will hold themselves accountable for student achievement.