Text: H.Res.551 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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[H. Res. 551 Introduced in House (IH)]


  1st Session
H. RES. 551

 Emphasizing the importance of addressing participation in career and 
                          technical education.



                           September 10, 2019

 Mr. Wittman submitted the following resolution; which was referred to 
                  the Committee on Education and Labor



 Emphasizing the importance of addressing participation in career and 
                          technical education.

Whereas the national economy relies on workers who possess analytical and 
        practical skills;
Whereas there are 16 career clusters within career and technical education to 
        include: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Architecture and 
        Construction; Arts, Audio and Video Technology, and Communications; 
        Business, Management and Administration; Education and Training; 
        Finance; Government and Public Administration; Health Science; 
        Hospitality and Tourism; Human Services; Information Technology; Law, 
        Public Safety, Corrections, and Security; Manufacturing; Marketing, 
        Sales, and Service; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; 
        Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics;
Whereas between 2012 and 2022, there will be over 50,000,000 job openings for 
        career and technical education graduates, 30 percent of the jobs will be 
        newly created positions;
Whereas there will be 68 percent more job openings in infrastructure-related 
        fields over the next 5 years than there are individuals training to fill 
Whereas career and technical education jobs exist in both the public and private 
Whereas career and technical education graduates are more likely to be employed 
        than others with academic credentials, and are more likely to work in 
        their field of study;
Whereas the United States has 30,000,000 jobs providing an average income of 
        $55,000 per year that do not require a bachelor's degree but require 
        some level of postsecondary education;
Whereas students participating in career and technical education have a lower 
        probability of dropping out of high school and a higher probability of 
        graduating on time;
Whereas the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 
        U.S.C. 2301 et seq.) serves as the primary Federal law focused on 
        supporting and developing career and technical education; and
Whereas Congress recognized the importance of career and technical education by 
        passing the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st 
        Century Act (Public Law 115-224), reauthorizing the Perkins Act, which 
        supports program improvement in secondary and postsecondary career and 
        technical education programs in all States and territories: Now, 
        therefore, be it
    Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
            (1) recognizes the importance of career and technical 
        education in preparing students to enter the workforce;
            (2) recognizes the technical skills and soft skills 
        developed through career and technical education programs;
            (3) recognizes that the public and private sector must work 
        with schools to further develop curriculum and internship and 
        apprenticeship opportunities for students; and
            (4) supports educators, school officials, counselors, and 
        parents promoting career and technical education as a respected 
        career option for students.