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Obama Budget Level Funds Career Technical Education
Date:5/7/2009

aking CTE courses during the 2006-07 school year. If the Perkins Act received more funding, schools could utilize the money to enhance their programs of study, strengthen the integration of academics and CTE, and create a stronger accountability system. Students at schools with highly integrated rigorous academic and CTE programs have significantly higher achievement in reading, mathematics and science than do students at schools with less integrated programs, the Southern Regional Educational Board reports.

"It is refreshing that this Administration recognizes the need for an investment in career technical education, however I am disappointed that the President's budget proposes flat funding for Perkins," said Kimberly A. Green, executive director of the National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium. "Level funding this program is like putting a temporary patch on a hole in a dam that is ready to burst. Demand for these programs is up. The pace of technological change is increasing. Equipment needs are growing. To be able to support our country properly, CTE needs a significant new infusion of funding."

ACTE Executive Director Janet Bray commented, "Career and Technical Education plays a critical role in improving and growing the U.S. economy through secondary, postsecondary and workforce level training leading to high-skill, high-demand and high-need jobs. It plays a significant role in training adults to re-enter the workforce. As new industries develop and businesses evolve with technology, CTE programs are developing new curriculum and programs to adapt to the changing needs of today's world."

According to the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, nearly 70 percent of all job openings in 2009-10 will require work-related training. With an estimate of approximately 2 million energy efficiency and renewable energy jobs being created over the next two years, CTE will pla
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SOURCE Association for Career and Technical Education; National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium
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