HARRISBURG, Oct. 23, 2014 – State Sen. John Blake will participate in a special field hearing at 10 a.m., tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 24, in Harrisburg that will explore career and technical education in relation to the development of a skilled workforce.

Co-Chairman of the bipartisan Congressional Career & Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson will lead the hearing here. He will be joined by U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, U.S. Rep. Scott Perry and other state and federally elected officials to hear witness testimony on “The Role of Career & Technical Education in Creating a Skilled Workforce: Perspectives from Employers and Stakeholders.”

The following people have agreed to testify before the caucus:

  • Kimberly A. Green, executive director, The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium
  • Tamar Jacoby, president, Opportunity America; on behalf of the Opportunity America Jobs and Careers Coalition
  • Jim Kunz, business manager, International Union of Operating Engineers
  • Amanda Novak, human resource manager, Tri-M Group
  • Neil Ashbaugh, training and development specialist, Oberg Industries
  • Sandra J. Himes, executive director, Lehigh Career & Technical Institute

Media coverage is invited.

WHAT:          Sen. John Blake to join bipartisan Congressional Career & Technical Education Caucus field hearing on “The Role of Career & Technical Education in Creating a Skilled Workforce: Perspectives from Employers and Stakeholders”

WHEN:          10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 24

WHERE:        Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex, 401 North St., Harrisburg

The Congressional Career & Technical Education Caucus is a bipartisan group of Members of Congress committed to supporting and promoting CTE. Co-chaired by U.S. Reps. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA) and Jim Langevin (D-RI), the CTE Caucus is comprised of federal representatives from across the United States and transcends the ideological spectrum.

The goals of the CTE Caucus are to educate and promote quality CTE programs and well-paying, family-sustaining jobs.  These fields include STEM disciplines, nursing, allied health, construction, information technology, energy, cyber security, sustainability, and other areas that keep our nation competitive in the global economy.

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