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 director of employee development and engagement at Farmer Focus, an innovative organization with the fastest-growing poultry brand in the US. In her role, she supports nearly 900 team members, from front-line hourly associates to the executive team. Before joining Farmer Focus, Kristen served in many roles at the Association for Talent Development, culminating in her position as director of marketing and strategic communications.

Kristen holds two master’s degrees, one in pastoral and spiritual care from Marymount University and the other in journalism from Northwestern University. She serves on the advisory board for Shenandoah University’s Transformative Leadership program. She is the mom of two exceptional humans, and she and her husband Doug live in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

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