SkillsUSA has become aware that the U.S. Department of Education is proposing to consolidate the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) into a new Office of Postsecondary and Lifelong Learning.
Eliminating OCTAE could directly or indirectly harm countless business and industry sectors and millions of CTE students, as well as dampen efforts to bridge the skills gap. OCTAE, as structured is an important branch of the Education Department, provides vital support to CTE programs at all levels and allows for a federal voice dedicated to CTE.
We’ve included an alert and message on the SkillsUSA Advocacy Site for you to use to urge your members of Congress to not support this proposal. Send your letter here:
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