County vocational-technical school leaders from throughout New Jersey traveled to Washington, DC, in early April to meet with federal lawmakers and staff about career and technical education.
The meetings with New Jersey’s Congressmen and Senate and House staff focused on the pending re-authorization of the Carl D. Perkins Act for Career and Technical Education, which provides about $6.2 million to support equipment, technology, new programs, curriculum improvement, and staff development at New Jersey’s 21 county vocational-technical school districts.
The Perkins Act provides the only dedicated funding for career and technical education, and this federal investment helps county vocational-technical schools keep their programs aligned with industry standards and employer needs.
County vocational-technical school leaders from Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Ocean and Somerset counties attended the National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium Spring Meeting in Washington before heading to The Hill to update New Jersey’s Congressional representatives about new programs and achievements at the state’s county vocational-technical schools.
These meetings, as well as their visits to local county vocational-technical schools, help lawmakers understand how career and technical education has evolved to prepare students for college and 21st century careers.
Federal policy and investment are key drivers of this advancement, ensuring that students develop the academic, technical and work-readiness skills they will need to succeed in a global economy.