Thompson Recognized for Leadership and Advocacy on Career and Technical Education Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) has announced U.S. Reps. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA) and Jim Langevin (D-RI), the co-chairmen of the bipartisan Congressional Career & Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, as the winners of the 2014 Star of Education Award.

The award is given to members of Congress who have demonstrated leadership, vision and dedication to CTE, and have made extraordinary contributions to the practice and expansion of CTE programs.

“As co-chairmen of the Congressional CTE Caucus, Rep. Thompson and Rep. Langevin have been vocal champions of CTE and have a proven track record of raising awareness and understanding of the CTE enterprise among their colleagues in the legislative branch,” said NASDCTEc Executive Director Kimberly Green.

“The CTE Caucus co-chairmen have held congressional briefings on the importance of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, spearheaded letters to the executive branch and congressional leadership on the value of investment in CTE and have consistently made a compelling case for CTE’s positive economic impact and return on investment.”

The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education represent the state and territory heads of secondary, postsecondary and adult career technical education programs across the nation.

“Their years of tenacious advocacy on behalf of CTE were the driving force behind the NASDCTEc Executive Board’s decision to honor each of them with this award,” added Green.

“It’s a distinct honor to receive the Star of Education Award,” stated Thompson. “I want to thank the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium for their work to expand and improve career and technical programming across the country.

“As co-chairman of the bipartisan Congressional Career & Technical Education Caucus, I look forward to continuing our shared advocacy on behalf of aspiring learners of all ages to ensure they have access to the training and tools necessary to succeed in career and educational endeavors.”

“As co-chair of the Congressional CTE Caucus and a longtime supporter of job and skills training programs, I am honored to accept the Star of Education Award,” said Langevin.

“It is our duty to provide a strong education for all students, and that must include robust career and technical programs. These programs prepare our youth for the careers that are available today and will continue to grow in the future. Investments in CTE are returned many times over through a skilled workforce that serves to strengthen our economy.”

The award ceremony took place during the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium’s 2014 Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Click here to learn more about the bipartisan Congressional CTE Caucus.

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