NRCA urges all members to reach out to their members of Congress to advocate for increased funding for career and technical education programs in high schools, community colleges and trade schools to help address future workforce development needs.
Congress is currently considering funding levels for fiscal year 2021, including funding for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act State Grants that support CTE programs operated at state and local levels. This funding is crucial for high schools, community colleges, small businesses and students who need training to close the skills gap in the current workforce. It also is critical to the roofing industry’s future workforce development needs.
In July, the House of Representatives approved appropriations legislation (H.R. 7617) that contains an increase of $18 million for Perkins State Grants—a 1.4% increase compared with the previous year’s level, bringing total annual funding to more than $1.3 billion. NRCA commends members of the House for providing this increased funding for Perkins State Grants for fiscal year 2021.
For more information and to take action and email your legislators, visit the NRCA Grassroots Advocacy Network at roofingadvocacy.nrca.net.