David Thompson is welcomed to the stage by President Trump to share his CTE story; the 23-year-old Tampa Bay Technical High School graduate earns a "six-figure" income as a pipe welder.
Source: Picture Courtesy of Hillsborough Schools
 After six long years of debate, Congress passed a new bill that will dedicate $1.2 billion dollars towards career technical education. The new Perkins Act, H.R. 2353 (115), will provide over a billion dollars to tech schools for the next six years. The updated bill will take effect on July 1, 2019. The changes to the bill include less federal oversight, more state control over CTE goals, and higher encouragement for states to pass along a majority of their funding to local communities. The Perkins Act supports career education programs and aims to build stronger connections between K-12, post-secondary education, alternative education providers, and potential employers. Demand for CTE has remained steady. In the 2016-2017 school year, the program served well over eight million high school students, 3.6 million college students, and 254,000 adults. The new law drew support from both sides of Congress. There will also be a deadline of two years for states to complete their set goals; if they fail, the act will take away a majority of their funding. Source: The Journal
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