Governors Applaud Signing of New Job Training Law

Congress’ Work to Revamp Perkins Will Boost Education Innovation

The National Governors Association (NGA) released the following statement on the president’s signature of H.R. 2353, The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act:

“Today’s signing of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act is the culmination of years of work by governors, industry and education advocates. Governors appreciate the efforts of this Administration in shepherding the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act Reauthorization through Congress. States owe a debt of gratitude to Senators Alexander, Murray, Enzi and Casey, along with Representatives Foxx, Scott, Thompson and Krishnamoorthi, for crafting an updated career and technical education law that supports the innovation necessary to prepare students for the future of work.

We look forward to working with the U.S. Department of Education to ensure the promise of this new Perkins law becomes a reality during implementation.”

About the National Governors Association 

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation’s governors and one of Washington, D.C.’s most respected public policy organizations. Its members are the governors of the 55 states, territories and commonwealths. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges through the NGA Center for Best Practices. For more information, visit