July 09, 2018

At Pinkerton Academy CTE Summer Camp, Senator Hassan Emphasizes Importance of CTE Programs to Success of Young People in 21st Century Innovation Economy

DERRY – Senator Maggie Hassan today visited Pinkerton Academy’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Summer Camp, where she met with campers and staff and emphasized the importance of CTE programs to the success of young people in the 21st century innovation economy.

“Students participating in career and technical education programs such as Pinkerton Academy’s CTE Summer Camp are getting an early step up on their futures, learning skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century innovation economy,” Senator Hassan said. “I am working to pass bipartisan legislation to strengthen CTE programs in the Granite State to help our young people, businesses, and entire state thrive.”

Pinkerton’s CTE Center hosts a variety of summer camps geared toward middle school students, where the students engage in career exploration and participate in classes such as computer programming, robotics, and woodworking. For more information, visit here.

During the visit, Senator Hassan highlighted the recent bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which she voted to advance out of the Senate’s Help, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. This bill will help strengthen the workforce pipeline and better prepare New Hampshire’s students for jobs in the 21st century innovation economy by requiring that CTE programs collaborate with local industry and workforce development organizations to better meet the needs of innovative businesses. Senator Hassan fought for important New Hampshire priorities to be included in the bill, including emphasizing the importance of ensuring that students who face additional barriers to completion have access to direct support services through career guidance and academic counseling and that more CTE students have the opportunity to obtain a postsecondary recognized credential.