Costello Applauds Passage Of Legislation To Help Students Gain Skills They Need To Succeed
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-06), Co-Chair of the 21st Century Skills Caucus, applauded the passage today of H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career & Technical Education (CTE) for the 21st Century Act, which he cosponsored. This bill would mark the first reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins CTE Act in more than a decade.
“It is imperative that students gain the skills they need to be successful in the modern workforce,” said Rep. Costello. “This bipartisan legislation helps accomplish that goal by closing the skills gap faced by American employers and manufacturers through student involvement in work-based learning and through flexibility for state and local educators.”
The legislation contains provisions advocated for by Rep. Costello and included in H.R. 5663, the Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, and Creativity (4 C’s) for Careers Act, legislation he introduced earlier this year. Both bills align education programs with state and local workforce development efforts so students are learning the skills employers need. Similarly, each bill encourages curriculum planning to emphasize the development of employability skills and attaining credentials. Through these initiatives, students in Southeastern Pennsylvania would be more prepared for today’s competitive workforce.
The Strengthening CTE for the 21st Century Act would encourage local businesses to be involved with the development of CTE plans so students emerge with first-hand experience of the skills employers need; streamline the methods used to evaluate CTE programs; allow states to use up to 15 percent of federal funding to help students in rural locations; and encourage states to create goals through a process that is inclusive of local educators, parents, students, and community and business representatives.
The 21CS Caucus serves as a bipartisan forum for advancing the discussion on how to effectively promote 21st century skills in our nation's educational system and better prepare our students with the right knowledge and skills to compete in a global economy. The caucus will look to build collaborative partnerships among education, business, community, and government leaders to achieve this goal. To date, twenty states have formed a coalition with over thirty leading companies and education organizations to find ways to strengthen 21st century skills in K-12 classrooms.