U.S. Senator Gary Peters today announced that he has joined the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, a bipartisan caucus focused on improving and strengthening access to career and technical education. CTE programs help prepare youth and adults for high-skill, high-demand jobs in fields ranging from health care, advanced manufacturing, hospitality, information technology, marketing and sales, public safety and more.
Each year, over 100,000 Michigan students enroll in CTE programs across 16 different career pathways.
“In an increasingly dynamic economy, we must invest in education and workforce development to equip workers with skills they need to compete in the 21st century,” said Senator Peters. “Career and technical education helps prepare America’s workforce for the jobs of the future in high-demand, good-paying career fields. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus to continue supporting CTE programs.”
“Gratiot-Isabella Regional Education Service District strives to provide students high-quality career and technical education opportunities with hands-on experience in a wide range of career fields,” said Douglas Bush, Gratiot-Isabella RESD Associate Superintendent for CTE. “We appreciate Senator Peters’ commitment to CTE programs that help Michigan students find jobs while building a talent pipeline for Michigan employers.”
Senator Peters also cosponsored a resolution designating the month of February as CTE Month and honoring the 100th anniversary of the federal government’s investment in CTE through the Smith-Hughes Vocational Education Act of 1917.
Creating affordable and accessible education for Michiganders is a top priority for Senator Peters. Last year, Peters introduced the Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act (MEAA), bipartisan, bicameral legislation that expands access to dual and concurrent enrollment programs and early/middle college programs, which allow students to earn college credit while still in high school.