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Both President Donald Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made remarks in March related to CTE, apprenticeships and workforce development. ACTE previously reported on comments Sec. DeVos made in February noting the “importance of expanding vocational and technical education…”
On March 17, President Trump hosted German Chancellor Angela Merkel for a “roundtable discussion on vocational training with U.S. and German business leaders.” In prepared remarks, President Trump stressed the need for workforce development programs. The president also shared his belief that both the United States and Germany would benefit from continued “bilateral cooperation on vocational training…”
Secretary DeVos also spoke about CTE at several events throughout March. In an address to the Council of the Great City Schools, Sec. DeVos used a Project Lead The Way class as an example of a “hands-on experience… [that] introduces [students] to skills and subject-areas with high-potential futures.” Later in the month, speaking to the National Association of State Boards of Education, Sec. DeVos highlighted CTE programs in California as she spoke about strengthening America’s workforce. The secretary also joined first daughter Ivanka Trump at the National Air and Space Museum to celebrate women in STEM.
Perhaps Sec. DeVos’ most direct nod to CTE came on March 24 when she toured Valencia College, a community college located outside of Orlando, FL. The secretary identified community colleges as a “tremendous option and a tremendous on ramp for many students,” and she tweeted about mechatronics and welding programs she visited that “prepare students for high-demand careers.” In an interview with a local television station, Sec. DeVos also called dual-enrollment “a great option for high schoolers that want to earn college credit and get a jump on their college, their post-high school studies.”
While comments from President Trump and Secretary DeVos were in support of CTE broadly, as ACTE reported earlier, the president’s proposed budget could still spell trouble for CTE. The president’s initial budget framework, otherwise known as a “skinny budget,” was released earlier this month and includes 13 and 21 percent cuts to the Departments of Education and Labor, respectively. The full budget that will outline cuts to specific programs will likely be released in May. Learn more about how you can help protect Perkins funding here.
Posted by Jarrod Nagurka on 03/30/2017 at 08:37 AM in Executive Branch, Federal Funding | Permalink
Budget, DeVos, Trump
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