Wilson Speaks in Support of Career and Technical Education

Sep 13, 2016
Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) spoke on the House Floor urging the passage of H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, legislation that will help equip all Americans with the tools they need to succeed in the 21st century workforce. Wilson is a co-sponsor of the bill.  

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Remarks as prepared for delivery:

“Thank you Congressman Thompson for yielding. I am grateful to support H.R. 5587, Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, as amended. 

Whether I am visiting one of the remarkable schools in South Carolina’s technical education system, of Aiken, Midlands, Orangeburg-Calhoun, or a local manufacturing facility the message is the same—the job market is changing rapidly. Quality education and training is vital to competing in the workplace, which is why apprenticeship programs are key to building a thriving workforce leading to the success of BMW, Michelin, Bridgestone, Boeing, and soon Volvo in South Carolina.

While existing career and technical education has played a key role in supporting local career and technical education, existing legislation has not been updated in over a decade.

This bill serves as the first step to reforming our nation’s career and technical education programs by helping all Americans enter the workforce with the tools and knowledge they need to compete for high-skilled, in-demand jobs. Some reforms include: empowering state and local community leaders, limiting top-down federal mandates, encouraging employer engagement, and increasing transparency and accountability.

I am grateful to co-sponsor H.R. 5587, The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century. I appreciate the leadership of Congressman Glenn Thompson for sponsoring this legislation, and urge my colleagues to vote in support."

Watch full remarks here.