Thompson honored by tech ed group

Congressman Glenn Thompson is one of two legislators honored Tuesday morning by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) as a National Policymaker of the Year.

The award, according to the ACTE, “is presented annually by the ACTE Board of Directors to nationally recognized policymakers who have made a significant impact on policy related to career and technical education during the past year or extended career of public service.”

Thompson serves on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and, like his fellow honoree Rep. Jim Langevin, is a co-chair of the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus.

“Representatives Langevin and Thompson have been outspoken supporters of Career and Technical Education during the 112th and 113th Congresses,” said ACTE Board President Karen Mason in a press release. “Their support during funding debates and recent reauthorization attempts of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Workforce Investment Act make a difference for CTE students and educators.”

The ACTE cited Thompson’s efforts on the Perkins CTE, Workforce Investment and Elementary and Secondary Education Acts as well as his, “numerous efforts to raise awareness of career and technical education in Congress and to promote funding for the Perkins Act.”

“Career and technical education programs continue to evolve in order to ensure that workers are prepared to hold jobs in high wage, high skill and high demand career fields like engineering, information technology, healthcare and advanced manufacturing for the 21st century,” Thompson said on the U.S. House floor last month during National Career and Technical Education Month. “During this time of record high unemployment, career and technical education programs provide a life line for the under-employed who look to begin new careers alongside young adults just starting out in the rapidly evolving job market. While historically under valued, they help tackle critical work force shortages and provide an opportunity for America to remain globally competitive.”

The ACTE is a non-profit career and technical education association.