Focus on CTE: career technical education
Sec. Perez explained in the not-so-distant past, "We as a nation devalued, over a series of decades, career technical education, we called it 'shop'. Today's CTE is so different and we have an opportunity in Congress this year to reauthorize the Perkins Act, which is the opportunity to rethink, reimagine and reinvent career and technical education," said Perez.
With a new focus on career technical education, Perez said "opportunities abound." According to Perez, career technical education and apprenticeship combined are leading individuals to acquire IT skills "because those are the skills for tomorrow."
In reimagining CTE, Perez said the Labor Department is working with the Department of Education to bring forth the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act as the reauthorization of the job training program.
"We are helping people from cradle through career make sure that not only do they have the skills to compete for today, but they have the capacity to adjust to tomorrow," Perez said.