Press Release

ATD Joins Coalition Supporting Reauthorization of Perkins Career and Technical Education Act

Friday, January 8, 2016

Career and technical education (CTE) programs are vital to overcoming the skills gap. For this reason, the Association for Talent Development joined more than 300 other organizations in urging the U.S. Congress to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.


 ATD, along with the other signatories, suggest that a reauthorized Perkins Act should:

  • align CTE programs to the needs of the regional, state, and local labor market
  • support effective and meaningful collaboration between secondary and postsecondary institutions and employers
  • increase student participation in experiential learning opportunities such as industry internships, apprenticeships, and mentorships
  •  promote the use of industry-recognized credentials.

Including these improvements in the new legislation benefits students and employers.
Read the full letter.

About the Author

Kristen Fyfe-Mills is the associate director of communications for the Association for Talent Development (ATD). In her role she works with ATD staff to plan and execute strategic communications for the association's initiatives and is the primary point of contact for media. Kristen is the executive producer of ATD-TV, manages ATD's public policy efforts and the association's awards programs. Kristen is a published author, coach, and speaker with diverse experience in broadcast journalism, and corporate, and nonprofit communications.

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