The National Marine Manufacturers Association has joined more than 400 business and education partners on a letter urging the Senate to take swift, bipartisan action to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
“Employers are reporting a shortage of skilled workers to fill in-demand positions," the joint letter stated. “Ensuring secondary and postsecondary institutions offer modern, quality and relevant career and technical education programs remains a leading priority to grow our nation’s workforce.”
The boating industry continues to face a shortfall of qualified workers for manufacturing, technicians, and service repairs.
Prioritizing technical, vocational, and apprenticeship programs and connecting the marine industry with federal and state programs is the key to job growth and employment in marine manufacturing and retail.
Reauthorization and modernization of the Perkins Act is necessary to empower state governments to address local CTE needs.
For more information, contact NMMA Director of Federal Affairs Lance West.