WASHINGTON, D.C. – Illinois Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) and Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) joined a bipartisan group of House members in introducing the Perkins Modernization Act of 2014, a bipartisan bill that would strengthen and support career/technical education (CTE or vocational education) by using workforce data to ensure that curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers in local labor markets.
The bill will be introduced Tuesday in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Kinzinger and Davis along with Reps Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Jared Polis (D-CO).
“With thousands of Illinoisans still struggling to make ends meet, we need to be doing all we can to help train job-seekers for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” said Congressman Adam Kinzinger. “This bipartisan bill will help ensure that skills being taught are actually in demand in the private sector, giving those looking for work a better chance of finding gainful employment.”
"As the needs of our economy continue to change so should our workforce training programs," said Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL). "Despite an unemployment rate of nearly nine percent in Illinois, we continue to see jobs go unfilled because our workforce has not caught up with the technical skills required to compete in a 21st-century economy. The Perkins Modernization Act will ensure colleges and universities in the 13th District have the data needed to develop career and technical education programs that give students the best opportunity to find a job upon graduation."