The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) are pleased with the Administration's focus on career and technical education (CTE) throughout its FY 2013 budget proposal.
The proposed $1.1 billion level funding of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins Act) is a solid beginning to this year's appropriations process, and will hopefully jump start efforts to restore recent funding cuts to the program and ensure all students have access to high-quality CTE programs that prepare them for successful careers. The Perkins Act is the primary source of federal formula funding for CTE, delivered at both the secondary and postsecondary level, and a critical source of support for most school districts.
"Today, the President called for an education system that prepares students with the skills they need to fill today's and tomorrow's high-demand, highly-skilled jobs in areas such as health care and technology. Career and technical education is the solution to equipping individuals with those skills and federal funding is important to support colleges and high schools across the country to provide the training and skills needed for success in our economy," said Jan Bray, Executive Director of ACTE.