Young’s bipartisan resolution supporting CTE Month passes Senate

A bipartisan resolution offered on Feb. 15 by U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) recognizing February 2023 as Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month received U.S. Senate approval on the same day of its introduction.

“Supporting workforce training for Hoosiers and Americans is vital to preparing for the jobs of tomorrow,” Sen. Young said. “Career and technical education equips individuals with hands-on experiences, addresses the skills gap, and provides a pathway to a meaningful career. Hoosiers deserve opportunities to succeed and live the American Dream.”

Senate Resolution (S.Res.) 67, which U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) sponsored with 71 original cosponsors, including Sen. Young, points out that CTE helps the United States meet “the very real and immediate challenges of economic development, student achievement, and global competitiveness,” according to the text of the resolution.

Additionally, S.Res. 67 says that not fewer than 17 million new workers will be needed to support the U.S. infrastructure sector in the next decade, including to design, build, and operate transportation, housing, utilities, and telecommunications. 

To meet the need, the resolution supports the goals and ideals of CTE Month, which recognizes the importance of CTE in preparing a well-educated and skilled U.S. workforce; and encourages educators, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals, administrators, and parents to promote CTE as a respected educational pathway for students, the text says. 

“At a time when we’re making historic improvements to America’s infrastructure, it’s crucial that we do all that we can to support our talented workforce by increasing access to job training programs,” said Sen. Kaine.