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

Friday, January 8, 2016
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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.

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About the Author

Kristen Fyfe-Mills is the director of marketing and strategic communications for the Association for Talent Development. In her role, she works with an exceptionally capable ATD team to plan and execute marketing and strategic communication strategies on behalf of the association's business priorities. Kristen is a published author, coach, and speaker. She attended Northwestern University where she received a bachelor of science degree in radio-TV-film and a master’s degree in journalism.

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