Congress Reauthorizes Perkins CTE Act


capitol stepsThe House and Senate this week voted to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act.

Last reauthorized in 2006, the program provides grants to states to fund vocational programs for high school and college students. The bill now heads to the president’s desk for signing.

As the demand for new housing grows, so does the demand for qualified individuals to fill positions at all levels of the building process. Ensuring state and local CTE programs are aligned with sought-after jobs is critical to developing the skilled workforce the home building industry greatly needs and to energizing more students to pursue a career education track.

By improving federally supported CTE programs to align training with jobs in critical industries and promoting partnerships between employers and educators, the bill will provide students better exposure to career opportunities in the construction trades.

NAHB, through its workforce development arm, the Home Builders Institute (HBI), is dedicated to the advancement and enrichment of education and training programs that develop skills essential to working in the housing industry.

Last week, NAHB Chairman Randy Noel attended President Trump’s signing ceremony for an executive order to develop a national strategy for training and retraining workers for high-demand industries, such as home building. At the event, Noel pledged that NAHB and HBI would educate and train 50,000 new workers over the next five years for careers in the construction trades.

For more information, contact Alexis Moch at 800-368-5242 x8407.




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