WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today after President Trump signed the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, a measure she helped craft and advance as a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, which will help strengthen the workforce pipeline and prepare hard-working Granite Staters for jobs in the 21st century innovation economy. The bipartisan legislation requires states and local programs to collaborate with the business community and workforce development organizations so that education programs will better meet the needs of innovative businesses.
“I have witnessed firsthand the critical importance of career and technical education programs to our businesses, economy, and people in New Hampshire, and I am pleased that President Trump has signed this bipartisan bill into law to strengthen and expand these programs in the Granite State,” Senator Hassan said. “It is critical that the Trump Administration implement this law without delay so that we can better meet the needs of our businesses and continue working to ensure that no hard-working Granite Stater is left behind.”
As a member of the Senate HELP Committee, Senator Hassan fought to include critical priorities for New Hampshire in the bill, including requiring that CTE programs collaborate with local industry and workforce development organizations to better meet the needs of innovative businesses; ensuring that traditionally underserved students, such as students who experience disabilities, have access to career guidance and academic counseling; and giving more CTE students the opportunity to obtain a postsecondary-recognized credential. Senator Hassan recently toured the Mas-Con construction site for the new Merrimack County Courthouse in Concord, as well as the facility at Williams & Hussey Machine Co. Inc. in Amherst, to discuss the importance of better aligning education programs and the needs of businesses. For more on her visits, click here.
The Senator also recently wrote an op-ed in the Eagle Tribune on the importance of passing this bill.