Career and Technical Education Scores a Huge Win

FY 2018 Omnibus Provides $75 Million Increase for Perkins Basic State Grants 

[Des Plaines, IL – March 22, 2018] Career and Technical Education (CTE) advocates and key stakeholders celebrate the increased funding approved by the United States House of Representative today. An estimated one million jobs remain unfilled due to the lack of education and training needed for skilled and technical labor jobs. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) advocacy work, and that of other Career and Technical Education (CTE) advocates and stakeholders, has paid off.

The House of Representatives just passed the long-awaited omnibus appropriations bill to fund federal programs for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. If the omnibus is enacted, the Perkins Basic State Grants will receive a $75 million increase. An increase for Perkins Grants is the first in a number of years and demonstrates Capital Hill’s strong support for Career and Technical Education.

The U. S. Senate is expected to vote on the omnibus sometime within the next two days. Stakeholders are hopeful it will be completed before the current Continuing Resolution (CR) expires on Friday, March 23, 2018.

$1.3 trillion in federal funding and many priorities of both parties are included in the omnibus. Early analysis of the bill shows a $3.9 billion increase in discretionary funding for the Department of Education, and a $192 million increase for discretionary funding for the Department of Labor. In addition to the Perkins increase, other notable increases include:

  • Pell Grants Increases the maximum Pell grant by $175, to a total of $6,095.
  • Work Study – Increased $140 million, to $1.1 billion.
  • Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (ESSA Title IV-A) – Increased $700 million, to $1.1 billion in its second year of funding. This program can provide funding to CTE programs, particularly in the areas of career exploration, college and career guidance, technology and STEM.
  • Apprenticeship Opportunities – Increased $50 million to a total of $145 million.

Increased funding enables local schools to add construction related trades to the curriculum. Expanded awareness and education is in an effort to meet the growing shortage of young people pursuing careers in the construction trades. These measures are critical to the future of the remodeling industry and the businesses affiliated with the industry.

Because of the delay in the FY 2018 appropriations process, Congress is already working on FY 2019 funding. NARI and other related constituents will continue to engage with Members of Congress to thank them for this initial investment and keep up the momentum for increased CTE funding going forward.


About NARI

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Elizabeth McKenna


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