President Signs Portman Bill to Strengthen Career and Technical Education

July 31, 2018 | Press Releases

Portman’s Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce Act Will Help Ensure Students Have Access to the Highest-Quality CTE Programs 

WASHINGTON, D.C Today U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), co-chair of the Senate Career & Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, announced his Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce Act, legislation he crafted with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) to allow states and localities to use Perkins grant funding to establish CTE-focused academies, has been signed into law by President Trump. The bill encourages schools to incorporate key elements of high-quality CTE programs and promotes partnerships between local businesses, regional industries, and other community stakeholders to create work-based learning opportunities for students. 

“This law is great news for Ohio, for employers who need skilled workers, and for students to ensure they have access to the highest-quality CTE programs,” said Senator Portman. “This bipartisan law will improve the quality of CTE programs so kids get a better education using the equipment and the standards of today’s industry. It also includes important accountability information for our most vulnerable students on how well CTE programs are performing so we can ensure quality information and access to programs that meet the needs of students and parents. I believe this measure will make a real difference for Ohio and I want to thank the president for signing it into law.” 

NOTE: As co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, Portman has led efforts to close the skills gap and put more Ohioans to work. Earlier this year, Portman introduced the bipartisan CTE Excellence and Equity Act to support redesigning the high school experience to include courses more relevant to the 21st century workforce to better prepare students for future careers. Last year, he led the bipartisan effort to raise the quality of CTE and joined Senator Kaine to introduce the bipartisan JOBS Act to help students access training for the 5.5 million vacant jobs that are unfilled in part because of a shortage of qualified workers. Recently, Portman introduced the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act that will create a teacher residency grant program to help address the CTE teacher shortage in schools. 

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