ARTBA May 21 joined 30 other national organizations in urging Congress to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins).

The program, first authorized by Congress in 1984, funds secondary and postsecondary career and technical education (CTE) in the United States. The bill was last reauthorized in 2006 before the recession. The letter ARTBA signed suggests several ways to modernize the existing law to be responsive to the 2014 economy, such as alignment of CTE programs with local labor markets, collaboration between CTE programs and employers, and an increase in opportunities for experiential learning.

ARTBA supports Perkins to ensure there are comprehensive educational programs available to prepare and train tomorrow’s workforce for professional success in all sectors of the transportation infrastructure construction industry.