Policy Areas

Industry-Responsive Career & Technical Education

Across the nation, businesses are partnering with career and technical education (CTE) programs at their community colleges and high schools to develop talent pipelines. The Carl D. Perkins Act is the primary federal funding stream for CTE programs – providing more than $1 billion a year to support the development and expansion of high-quality training and education – but it has been a decade since Congress last updated the law, meaning it is no longer keeping up with demands of today’s economy.

BLU advocates for strengthening Perkins to include dedicated support for partnerships between CTE providers and industry, and expanding work-based learning so CTE students get hands-on experience they need to succeed on the job.