February 16, 2023

Senate Passes Young Resolution Recognizing February as Career and Technical Education Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, the United States Senate passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, recognizing February 2023 as CTE Month. The resolution was cosponsored by a bipartisan group of 72 senators.

“Supporting workforce training for Hoosiers and Americans is vital to preparing for the jobs of tomorrow,” said Senator Young. “Career and technical education equips individuals with hands-on experiences, addresses the skills gap, and provides a pathway to a meaningful career. Hoosiers deserve opportunities to succeed and live the American Dream.”

“I grew up working in my dad’s ironworking shop, where I saw up close the essential role trade professionals play in our communities. Particularly at a time when we’re making historic improvements to America’s infrastructure, it’s crucial that we do all that we can to support our talented workforce by increasing access to job training programs,” said Senator Kaine. “I’m proud to be a co-leader of the Career and Technical Education Caucus—where every month is Career and Technical Education Month—and will keep leading the charge to get my bipartisan JOBS Act across the finish line so we can finally allow students to use federal Pell grants to afford high-quality, shorter-term job training programs.”

“I’m proud to join my colleagues from both parties to highlight the importance of supporting and investing in career and technical education because a four-year degree is not the only way to a good-paying job,” said Senator Baldwin. “CTE is an extremely effective tool to both create a pathway to a family-supporting job, and also ensure workers have the knowledge and know-how to meet businesses’ needs in today’s economy. I am looking forward to working to support CTE students so that they are better equipped for the high-skilled jobs of today and tomorrow.”

The full text of the resolution is available here.