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SIIA Communications Contact: Diane Pinto, 202.789.4480
Passage of Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act is Key Step in Addressing Workforce Challenges
Washington D.C. (September 13, 2016) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, today applauded the House of Representative’s bipartisan approval of a reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and called for quick action in the U.S. Senate.
Mark MacCarthy, SIIA’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy, issued the following statement:
“This legislation is a key piece of a broad effort needed to address America’s pressing educational and workforce challenges. It will help ensure that our education system is equipped to keep up with the needs of the global economy, Technology is shifting the US economy from production lines to automation, but there is ever-increasing demand for highly-skilled workers in growing industries.
“We applaud the House leadership and bill authors for bringing this bipartisan bill to a vote and demonstrating their dedication to our students and workers.. SIIA urges the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee to take up the reauthorization without delay. Moving this reauthorization forward will make sure no time is wasted in preparing our students to be truly college- and career-ready in a quickly changing economy.”
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