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Senator Gillibrand to announce passage of new act promoting technical education for NY students


WASHINGTON, D.C. --  TODAY, Tuesday, July 24th, at 2:30 PM, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will hold a simultaneous satellite media availability and conference call to announce that following her push, the Senate passed the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which includes provisions from two of her bipartisan bills to promote technical skills training and prepare students for high-demand, good-paying jobs in the 21st century economy. The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act reauthorizes funding for career and technical education programs. This bipartisan legislation is now one step closer to being signed into law.

Gillibrand’s provisions were included in the larger Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act that passed the Senate yesterday evening. Her bipartisan Computer Science Career Education Act would help provide more opportunities for students to learn computer science skills, especially for women, minority, rural, and low-income students across New York who are underrepresented in STEM careers, in order to prepare them for in-demand careers in computer science. Gillibrand’s second bill included in the legislative package is the bipartisan 21st Century Strengthening Hands On Programs that Cultivate Learning Approaches for Successful Students (SHOP CLASS) Act, which would help expand training for students across New York in advanced manufacturing technologies like 3D printers, laser cutters, and computerized machine tools.