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This post has been updated. With the availability of labor remaining a top challenge for builders, opportunities to expand career and technical educational training are critical for the construction industry. In 1917, the federal government first authorized funding for "vocational education" through The Smith-Hughes Act. Subsequent legislation was added in 1984 to include the Carl D. Perkins Act, to address the needs of the future career and technical (CTE) workforce. The latest authorization of the Act is known as "Perkins V." The House passed appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2020 that included a $47-million increase for Perkins Basic State Grants, designed for post-secondary institutions to fund occupational educational programs. The Senate Appropriations Committee plans to consider funding for education programs soon. NAHB supports efforts to boost funding for Perkins Basic State Grants and members are encouraged to contact their senators to voice their support to increase Perkins CTE funding in the FY20 appropriations bill. You can call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 or send a message to your senators via the Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE) action alert. To learn how you can support the expansion of construction related training in your local schools through Perkins V, contact Greg Zick. An earlier version of this post indicated that the Senate Appropriations Committee planned to consider funding this week. The markup of the Fiscal Year 2020 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill has been postponed.

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