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Round Rock Chamber Endorses Perkins Act Reforms

Upgrades to decades old legislation will bring CTE programs into the 21st century.

ROUND ROCK, Texas – The Round Rock Chamber today announced that its support of reforms to the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act (Perkins Act).  The act was originally enacted in 1984 and was last reauthorized by Congress in 2006. The legislation provides over $1 billion dollars each year to secondary and postsecondary institutions in all fifty states to support career and technical education (CTE). For many CTE programs, including Round Rock Independent School District, the Perkins Act is the primary source of funding.

The bi-partisan bill to reform the act is called Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. The enhancements proposed include simplifying the process for receiving federal funds, providing more flexibility to use federal resources to changing education and economic needs, and improving alignment with in-demand jobs.

“The chamber is pleased to support reforms to the Perkins Act based on the positive impact to our local CTE programs as well as the economy as a whole,” explained Monica Maher, the chamber’s vice president of community enhancement. “Talent development is a critical part of our mission and ensuring a robust pipeline of skilled workers is critical to our economic generation efforts.”

The Perkins Act was reviewed in detail by the chamber’s Talent Development Council where it acknowledged the positive effects the reforms will have on the local school district and the community. The changes will also increase transparency and accountability and will ensure a limited federal role.

About the Round Rock Chamber

The Round Rock Chamber is one of the largest and most active business organizations in Central Texas. Its approximately 1,000 investors collectively employ more than 25,000 people in the area. It is also the region’s only accredited chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit www.roundrockchamber.org.