Rep. Susan Davis Moves to Expand Career and Technical Education to Middle School
Congresswoman Susan Davis, a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, introduced the Middle School Technical Education Program Act to give middle school students access to programs that will help them explore future career opportunities.
“If we are going to have a strong and robust 21st century economy we will need a 21st century workforce,” said Rep. Davis. “Too many of our young students enter high school without a sense of what career pathways are open to them upon graduation. We know that students who have long term career aspirations are more engaged in school and more likely to complete their education."
Davis’s bill will help middle schools partner with postsecondary institutions and local businesses to develop and implement career and technical education programs for the benefit of their students. These CTE programs will provide students access to apprenticeships, make career and academic counseling available, and help middle schools students develop graduation and career plans tailored to their career ambitions. Students must also be able to transition their CTE education as they advance to high school.
The bill also ensures equal access to middle school CTE programs for students from economically disadvantaged communities, as well as urban and rural students.
The Middle STEP Act is endorsed by the Association for Career and Technical Education, Association for Middle Level Education, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, Alliance for Excellent Education and Advance CTE.