Earlier this week, President Donald Trump signed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act into law.
The bipartisan workforce development legislation reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and improves career and technical education to equip Americans with the skills they need to compete for in-demand jobs.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association worked with Congress and the administration to ensure the recreational boating industry’s priorities were included in the final bill.
“The boating industry applauds Congress and the Trump administration for its bipartisan work on this important legislation," said NMMA’s Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Legal Affairs Nicole Vasilaros.
Prioritizing technical, vocational, and apprenticeship programs is a top industry priority, and U.S. marine manufacturers stand ready to hire a new generation of workers into stable, well-paying careers, Vasilaros added.
The law provides $1 billion in grants to states and encourages them to set career and technical education goals that meet their specific needs.
After the signing ceremony, President Trump traveled to Tampa, Fla., to promote the legislation during a roundtable discussion at Tampa Bay Technical High School.
“In the 12 years since Congress passed the last Perkins reauthorization, the economy has evolved tremendously, becoming increasingly dependent on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and other skilled labor,” Trump said. “By enacting it into law, we will continue to prepare students for today’s constantly shifting job market, and we will help employers find the workers they need to compete.”