WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sam Graves (MO-06) joined Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), and Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) this week to lead a bipartisan group of 94 Members of Congress in introducing a resolution to express support for the designation of the week of February 22 through February 26, 2021, as “Public Schools Week.”
“North Missouri families rely on our public schools to provide their children with a high-quality education that will serve as a foundation for their future,” said Graves. “Our teachers, faculty, and administrators do an excellent job of accomplishing just that—even in the face of a global pandemic. Public schools across North Missouri have worked diligently to educate kids, even with obstacles, and get kids back in the classroom safely and swiftly. Public Schools Week is a great opportunity to thank all those that have been so critical to our children’s education throughout this trying year.”
As February is also National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, Graves is once again featuring Career and Technical Centers across his district on his Facebook page this week, highlighting how schools across the state have adapted to continue providing students with workforce-ready skills during the pandemic.
Graves also joined Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), co-chairs of the Career and Technical Education Caucus, in introducing H. Res. 99, a bipartisan resolution recognizing National CTE Month, which celebrates the value and impact of career and technical education programs across the nation.
“Now, more than ever, students are looking to Career and Technical Education programs to prepare them to enter the workforce,” said Graves. “Schools across North Missouri have done an excellent job meeting this growing demand and training students with the career-ready skills they need to compete for high-paying in-demand jobs in nursing, mechanics, construction, and many other industries.”
CTE prepares students for careers in fields such as healthcare, information technology, and the skilled trades. By 2026, health care occupations alone are projected to grow by 18 percent, adding more than 2 million jobs nationwide. It is also projected that 3 million workers will be needed to support investments in the nation’s infrastructure in the next decade.
More than 12 million students are enrolled in CTE programs at high schools, career academies, CTE centers, and two-year colleges across the country. Participation in CTE programs has been linked to better attendance and higher high school graduation rates. The resolution recognizes the importance of CTE and encourages educators, counselors, career development professionals, and parents to promote CTE as an option for students.