Maloney seeks to boost CTE teachers, programs

U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney joined Linda Romano, a Newburgh Free Academy nursing instructor and national Career and Technical Education “Teacher of Year,” on Monday to announce that he is introducing two bills that would foster professional development for CTE teachers, make scholarships available and fund the expansion of programs.

Maloney said his “Technical Educator Development Act of 2018” would create opportunities for CTE teachers to learn how to use “industry-specific technologies and programs” in fast-growing fields like healthcare, information technology and advanced manufacturing.

His “Skilled Labor Education Act of 2018” would authorize $50 million in scholarships over five years for CTE teachers; up to $1 million that colleges could use to expand their programs; and loan forgiveness for part-time teachers.

“Especially in this growing job sector, we need to make sure the next generation of American workers are ready to compete in the changing, 21st-century economy,” said Maloney, who was also joined at NFA by Harold King, executive vice president for the Council of Industry.

“The best way to do that is to invest in our workers here at home and provide them with world-class educational opportunities.”

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