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Laura Mann

The support of Perkins funding is essential to the labor force. As a Career and Technical Education Director, I have seen first hand the impact of CTE on students. Just this year, we had a student graduate from our Maritime program and continue at the local community college and is now a Tankerman for a local company making good money. Because of this opportunity, the student has broken the cycle of poverty in his family. CTE is the future of America's skill labor work force.

Ashley Henry

As an Agriculture teacher that primarily teaches agricultural mechanics which focuses on things such welding, electrical wiring and various other vocational trade areas I see first hand what students are doing with skills they acquired in CTE classes. I know of several of students who graduated in 2016 who are working in vocational areas and they are making as much money or more than I do with a Bachelor's degree. In order to teach skills such as welding and electrical wiring it is imperative that students learn the skill by actually doing it. If money for supplies is cut I believe that there will be a decline in skilled laborers. This goes completely against the whole idea of bringing industry back to America.

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