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WASHINGTON -- The House Committee on Education and the Workforce unanimously approved Rep. Glenn Thompson’s Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353). The proposal, which would reauthorize the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, is largely identical to legislation the House passed in September 2016 by a vote of 405 to 5, according to a report by Rich Christianson, WMMA legislative liaison.
Advances in technology and the growth of a global economy have dramatically changed the kinds of jobs that are available, making high-quality education and skills development vital to competing in today’s workplaces.
In recent years, Congress has enacted reforms to improve K-12 education and modernize the nation’s workforce development system. However, more must be done to help all Americans access the education they need to earn a lifetime of success.
Since 1984, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act has provided federal support to state and local career and technical education, or CTE, programs. These programs offer students the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience necessary to compete for jobs in a broad range of fields, such as health care and technology.
Because federal law has not been updated in more than a decade, it no longer reflects the realities and challenges facing students and workers. Current policies restrict the ability of state leaders to invest federal resources in efforts that prioritize economic growth and local needs. This occurs at a time when critical industries have vacant jobs but not enough qualified workers to fill them.
Building on recent reforms to K-12 education and the workforce development system, Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-Pa.) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) introduced the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act . The bipartisan legislation will help more Americans, especially young Americans, enter the workforce with the knowledge and skills they need to compete for good-paying, in-demand jobs in industries critical to the nation’s economy.
The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America, celebrating its 10th anniversary as the champion of woodworking skill standards, will present a collection of workforce development tools and strategies at the AWFS fair.
Safety Speed Mfg., a provider of panel processing equipment, will present its new SPM301HD Screw Pocket Machine, at the AWFS fair.
WMMA Announces winner of 2017 Baldwin Award at WIC17
WMMA awarded the 2017 Baldwin Award to Past President Jamison Scott during WIC 2017 in Rancho Mirage, CA. Scott, who serves as executive vice president of Air Handling Systems, a third generation family-owned business in Woodbridge, Connecticut, has a long history of service to the Association and to the industry as a whole. Click here to read more
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The new ANSI standard O1.1-4 Safety Requirements for Shapers for the Woodworking Industry was published. WMMA members are entitled to receive one complimentary copy per company upon request. Email Jennifer@wmma.org to request a copy. Copies can be purchased from the ANSI e-standard store.
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May 12, 2017 2017
WMMA Past President, Jamison Scott, Wins Baldwin Award
May 4, 2017 2017
2017 Board of Directors Announced
January 30, 2017
Dan Bond Selected as the Next Executive Director of WMMA
August 27, 2016
INTERNATIONAL WOODWORKING FAIR Double Digit Growth
July 28, 2016
WMMA Announces First Regional Meeting
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