November 15, 2016 - Issue: Vol. 162, No. 163 — Daily Edition114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - 2nd Session
RECOGNIZING NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK; Congressional Record Vol. 162, No. 163
(House of Representatives - November 15, 2016)
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[Pages H6209-H6210] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] RECOGNIZING NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK (Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, I rise in recognition of the second annual National Apprenticeship Week, which commenced yesterday, November 14. This special occasion helps to highlight the value of apprenticeships and educate businesses and individuals about the positive impact they have on our economy. As co-chairs of the House Career and Technical Education Caucus, my colleague, Jim Langevin of Rhode Island, [[Page H6210]] and I have advocated for a modernized approach to career and technical education programs and apprenticeship opportunities across the United States. As part of our commitment, we worked in conjunction with members of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce to introduce H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. This bipartisan legislation aims to help Americans acquire the skills necessary to compete for high-wage, high-demand jobs. Notably, the bill encourages stronger public-private partnerships, increases opportunities for apprenticeships and credentialing, and strengthens support for academic counseling. H.R. 5587 overwhelmingly passed the House in September, demonstrating the enthusiastic support for career and technical education. I remain dedicated to moving this bill through the legislative process and providing a path forward to those who are looking to better their lives. ____________________