Business Groups Urge U.S. Senate to Reauthorize Perkins Career and Technical Education Program

The Honorable Lamar Alexander
Chairman, Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee
428 Senate Dirksen Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable Patty Murray
Ranking Member, Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee
428 Senate Dirksen Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray:

We, the undersigned businesses and organizations, write to urge the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to take swift, bipartisan action on reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. An update to this legislation is crucial to
helping our nation’s students acquire the skills needed to be successful in today’s workplace.

Because employers are reporting a shortage of skilled workers to fill in-demand positions, ensuring that secondary and postsecondary institutions offer modern, quality and relevant career and technical education (CTE) programs remains a leading priority so that we
can develop and grow our nation’s workforce. As competition for high-skilled labor increases and as the U.S. economy reaches full employment, every effort must be made to close the skills gaps that many industries across all sectors face.

The Senate has an opportunity to support a next-generation workforce by investing in and modernizing CTE programs. Reauthorization of the Perkins CTE Act should focus on areas where improvements can be made to current law. As employers, we support efforts to:

  • Align CTE programs to the needs of the regional, state and local labor market;
  • Support effective and meaningful collaboration between secondary and postsecondary
    institutions and employers;
  • Increase student participation in work-based learning opportunities; and
  • Promote the use of industry recognized credentials and other recognized postsecondary

These updates will improve student outcomes and create additional postsecondary pathways into the workforce by preparing students with the academic, technical and employability skills they need to thrive.

The House of Representatives unanimously passed a version of a Perkins CTE reauthorization in 2017. It is time for the Senate to follow suit and help prepare Americans for career opportunities in a growing economy.

We look forward to your consideration and stand ready to work with you to support a high-quality, high-skilled workforce.


AccuRounds, Inc.
ADM Milling Company
Advanced Superabrasives Inc.
Aeronautical Repair Station Association
Aerospace Industries Association
AICC, The Independent Packaging Association
Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)
Air Handling Systems Air-Conditioning,
Heating & Refrigeration Institute
AK Steel
Albany Area Chamber
Alignment Collaborative for Education
Allegheny Conference on Community Development
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Alliance of Wyoming Manufacturers
Amatrol, Inc.
America Succeeds
American Association of Community Colleges
American Axle & Manufacturing
American Bakers Association
American Coatings Association, Inc.
American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute
American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association
American Foundry Society
American Society of Employers
American Sportfishing Association
American Supply Association
American Wood Council
Ames Chamber of Commerce
AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology
Analog Devices, Inc.
Architectural Woodwork Institute
Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Arizona Manufacturers Council
Arizona Technology Council
Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce
Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College
ASPIRA of New York Inc.
Associated Builders and Contractors
Associated Equipment Distributors
Associated General Contractors
Associated Industries of Arkansas, Inc.
Associated Industries of Massachusetts
Association for Print Technologies (formerly
Association for Talent Development
Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Association of Global Automakers
Association of Pool & Spa Professionals
Association of Washington Business
Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS)
Atlantic Technical College
Augustus F. Hawkins Foundation
Austin Chamber of Commerce
Baker Boy
Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
BASF Corporation
Baton Rouge Area Chamber
Battelle Memorial Institute
Billings Chamber of Commerce
Blair County Chamber of Commerce
Blue Ridge Community College
Blue Springs Metals, LLC
Boeing Company, The
Boise Metro Chamber
Bongards Premium Cheese
Book Industry Study Group
Book Manufacturers’ Institute
Bradford White Corporation
Brick Industry Association
Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Brown & Bigelow
BSA | The Software Alliance
Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance
Buffalo Niagara Partnership
Building Service Contractors Association International
Burlington Chamber of Commerce
Business Roundtable
BWX Technologies, Inc.
CA Technologies
Caldwell Chamber of Commerce
Cameron Manufacturing & Design
Cape May County Chamber of Commerce
Capital Region Chamber
Carson City Chamber of Commerce
Carson City School District
CDA Chamber of Commerce
Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce
CEO Council for Growth
Chemung County Chamber of Commerce
Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry
Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce
Click Bond, Inc.
Clow Stamping Company
Coalition on Adult Basic Education
Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and
Emotional Learning (CASEL)
Color Pigments Manufacturers Association
Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Association
Colorado Business Roundtable
Colorado Succeeds
Colorado Technology Association
Command Companies
Committee for Children
Communities In Schools of Mid-America, Inc.

Composite Panel Association
Comprehensive Security Services, Inc
Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute
Cookware Manufacturers Association
Cottonwood Mobile Home Park, Inc.
Council of Industry of Southeastern New York
Cumberland Regional High School District
CUNY Bronx Community College
Cypress College
Dallas Regional Chamber
Deco Products Company, LLLP
Defiance Metal Products
Delaware State Chamber of
Commerce/Delaware Manufacturing Association
Delphon industries
DENSO International America
Durable Products, Inc.
Dutchess County Regional Chamber of
East Providence Area Chamber of Commerce
Eastfield College
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
Economic Alliance Snohomish County
Edison Electric Institute
Elgin Area Chamber
Elgin Community College
Emanuel Bodner, LLC
EMSDC – Block-by-Block Industries
Fibre Box Association
Flexovit USA, Inc.
Ford Motor Company
Forging Industry Association
Forma Automotive
Four D Enterprises LLC
Friends of Carson City Library
Ganesha Enterprises LLC

GateWay Community College
Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce
Gear Motions
General & Automotive Machine Shop, Inc.
Georgetown Metal Processing, LLC
Georgia Association of Manufacturers
Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
Global Cold Chain Alliance
Grand Rapids Area Chamber
Great Lakes Metro Chamber Chambers Coalition
Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
Greater Houston Partnership
Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce
Greater Rochester Advocates for
Universities and Colleges
Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce
Greater Spokane Incorporated
Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce
Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce
Green Bay Drop Forge
Greenville Tool & Die Co
Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce
High Company LLC
Hitachi, Ltd
Honda North America, Inc.
IBM Tennessee
Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry
Illinois Manufacturers’ Association
Independent Electrical Contractors
Indiana Manufacturers Association
Industrial Fasteners Institute
Industrial Minerals Association – North America
Industrial Truck Association
Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)
Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute
International Paper
International Sign Association
Investment Casting Institute
Iowa Association of Business and Industry
IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries
Irrigation Association
Jackson Area Manufacturers Association
Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce
Jamison Door Company
Jefferson Community and Technical College
Jerome Chamber of Commerce
Jewels Benefits, Inc.
Johnson Controls
JOIN Inc. Training Nevadans for Careers
Knoxville Chamber
Koch Enterprises, Inc.
Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
Lakes Region Community College
Lawson State Community College
Leading Builders of America
Leggett & Platt, Incorporated
Liberty Pumps
LIXIL Americas
Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce
Longview Chamber of Commerce
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Lower Cape May Regional School District
Lubbock Chamber of Commerce
Lumbee Regional Development Association
Lupson Associates LLC
Manufacturers Education & Training Alliance Inc.
Marilyn Lewis Insurance Agency Inc
Marlin Steel Wire Products
Maryland Business Roundtable for Education
Maryland Chamber of Commerce
Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education
Massachusetts Business Roundtable
Mayo Clinic
McLean County Chamber of Commerce
Merritt Aluminum Products Company
Metal Powder Industries Federation
Metals Service Center Institute
Michael Byrne Mfg
Michigan Manufacturers Association
Mid-Hudson Pattern for Progress
Miles Fiberglass & Composites Inc.
Mississippi Manufacturers Association
Missouri Association of Manufacturers
Missouri Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc.
Monroe Chamber of Commerce
Montana Chamber of Commerce
National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE)
National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO)
National Association for Surface Finishing
National Association of Manufacturers
National Association of Secondary School Principals
National Association of Trailer Manufacturers
National Black Chamber of Commerce
National Center for College and Career Transitions
National Concrete Masonry Association
National Council for Advanced Manufacturing
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
National Electrical Manufacturers Association
National FFA Organization
National Ground Water Association
National Lumber and Building Material
Dealers Association
National Marine Manufacturers Association
National Retail Federation
National Roofing Contractors Association
National Skills Coalition
National Stone Sand and Gravel Association
National Tooling & Machining Association
National Waste & Recycling Association
National Wood Flooring Association
Nevada Manufacturers Association
New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
New PECO, Inc
Nissan North America
Nome Chamber of Commerce
Norcom, Inc.
North American Die Casting Association
North American Lighting
North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce
North Country Chamber of Commerce
Northampton Community College
Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Association

Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council, Inc.
Northtech Machine LLC
Offsite Data Depot
Optimax Systems, Inc.
Outdoor Power Equipment Institute
Painter Tool Inc
Panther Industries, Inc.
Pardee UNC Health Care
Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating,
Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA)
Pasco Chamber of Commerce
Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce
Plastics Industry Association
Plumbing Manufacturers International
Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce
Port Townsend Paper Corporation
Portland Cement Association
Pratt Area Chamber of Commerce
Precision Machined Products Association
Precision Metalforming Association
Prime Locations Nevada, LLC
Printing Industries of America
Project Lead The Way
Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
Quality Float Works, Inc.
Qualtek Manufacturing Inc.
Railway Tie Association
Rawlins Chamber of Commerce
Republic Services, Inc.
Resilient Floor Covering Institute
Reusable Industrial Packaging Association
Rheem Manufacturing Company
Riverdale Mills Corp.
Roaring Spring Blank Book Co.
Saint-Gobain Corporation
San Diego Miramar College
San Jacinto College
Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce
Schatz Bearing Corporation
Schmalz Inc.
Schreiber LLC
Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce
Sechan Electronics, Inc
Senninger Plumbing
Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce
Sierra Academy of Style
South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
Specialty Equipment Market Association
Specialty Graphic Imaging Association
Springfield Regional Chamber
St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce
St. Joseph (MO) Chamber of Commerce
Stanly County Chamber of Commerce
Steel Manufacturers Association
Strategic HR Partners, Inc.
SUNY — The State University of New York
Superior Graphite Co.
Taco, Inc.
TAG TEAM Manufacturing
Tata Consultancy Services
TBDN Tennessee Company
Tecumseh Public Schools
Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Tennessee Chamber of Commerce /
Tennessee Manufacturers Association
Texas Association of Manufacturers
The Business Council of New York State
The Business Council of Westchester
The Carrington Company
The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
The Colorado Chamber of Commerce (CACI)
The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce
The Hardwood Federation
The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota
The Society for Maintenance & Reliability
Professionals (SMRP)
The State University of New York
The Vinyl Institute
The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Thermcraft, Inc
Think Dutchess
Third Way
Tidewater Community College
Tioga County Chamber of Commerce
Toyota Bodine
Toyota Boshoku Tennessee
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas
Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
TRAM, Inc.
Trussway Manufacturing, LLC
Tucson Hispanic Chamber
Tucson Metro Chamber
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Umpqua Community College
Unex Manufacturing
United Way Worldwide
Uniweld Products Inc.
Valley Industrial Association
Vantec, Inc.
Verisurf Measurement Solutions
Vermeer Corporation
Vermont Chamber of Commerce
Vernier Software & Technology
Vineburg Machining, Inc.
Vinyl Siding Institute
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Volvo Group North America
Vulcan Materials Company
Walker Machinery Company
Walnut Presbyterian Church
Well Being LLC
Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.
Western Carolina University
Western Nevada College
Whayne Supply Company
Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce
WilliamsRDM, Inc.
Wood Component Manufacturers Association
Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America
Wood Products Manufacturers Association
Woodwork Career Alliance of North America
Woodworking Machinery Industry Association
Workforce Development, Inc.
Xerox Corporation
Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce
Yankton Area Progressive Growth
Young Invincibles
Youth Communication
Zero Zone Inc
3rd & Curry Street Farmers Market

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