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SETDA Applauds the Innovation for Tomorrow’s Workforce Act

seal_of_the_united_states_senate-svgLast week, Senator Hatch (UT) and Senator Bennet (UT) introduced the Innovation for Tomorrow’s Workforce Act of 2016 which would amend current law to create a grant program to improve Career and Technical Education (CTE) through innovative activities. Further, this bill allows for the use of open educational resources (OER) with CTE funds.

SETDA applauds Senator Hatch and Senator Bennet for championing innovation in Career and Technical Education. CTE innovation depends on ensuring access to cutting edge instructional supports and SETDA appreciates the bill’s focus on encouraging effective technology use and developing and adopting open educational resources.

“The Innovation for Tomorrow’s Workforce Act of 2016 strives for equity in Career and Technical Education by prioritizing grant awards to schools that serve students from low-income families,” noted Tracy Weeks, SETDA Executive Director. “Increased numbers of students need access to high quality, high impact CTE programs to prepare for success after high school graduation.”

SETDA strongly supports the bill’s inclusion as part of the broader CTE reauthorization legislation Congress is debating.

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