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  • Career and Technical Education

    by Representative James R. Langevin

    Posted on 2014-01-16

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    LANGEVIN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. LANGEVIN. Mr. Speaker, I join my colleague, Congressman ``GT'' Thompson from Pennsylvania, as cochairs of the bipartisan Career and Technical Education Caucus in commending House appropriators and my colleagues for the increase in Perkins Act funding for career and technical education funding.

    This funding is vitally important for training the next generation of workers who will enter the career and technical education fields. These are good-paying jobs. At a time where Rhode Island--my home State--has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, this funding for career and technical education could not come at a more critical time.

    It is frustrating to see so many people out of work. Yet when you talk to businesses around our State and around the country, one of the main things that they found a real challenge is finding the people with the right skills to do the jobs that are available right now.

    So by focusing on these areas of career and technical education, whether it be in IT or woodworking or culinary or engineering, these are vitally important jobs in our communities, in our country, and they are going to do a lot to get people back to work.

    I want to thank my colleagues for their support of Perkins Act funding and career and technical education programs.

    I, again, thank my colleague, Congressman ``GT'' Thompson of Pennsylvania, for the bipartisan effort that he and I have put into this vitally important area.


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