U.S. Reps. Judy Chu (D-CA), Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Jim Langevin (D-RI) introduced yesterday the Education for Tomorrow's Jobs Act, a bipartisan bill that would improve and expand skilled workforce training and education opportunities for countless Americans.
The bill, H.R. 3154 in the House and S. 1686 in the Senate, would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind, to promote the integration of academics with career and technical education programs in order to better prepare students for post-secondary education and new career opportunities.
The bill mirrors a similar but more expansive Linked Learning Bill introduced by Rep. Chu last year during the 111th Congress.
"I'm proud to reintroduce a bipartisan bill that promotes the Linked Learning approach to high school improvement that has shown dramatic results in California," said Rep. Chu. "By showing students the connection between school and the workplace through partnerships in high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand industries such as engineering or digital media, we can increase high school graduation rates, raise college attendance rates, and improve jobs prospects for students. The Education for Tomorrow's Jobs Act will modernize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to meet the needs of our changing economy and workforce."
The Education for Tomorrow's Jobs Act is supported by not only members of the education community, but also by business and industry advocates as well, including the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.
Representatives Thompson, Langevin, and Chu currently serve on the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus, a bipartisan group of members committed to advocating the importance of career and technical education and advancing policies that improve skilled labor education and support tech-related small business job growth.