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Career and Technical Education

NEA is committed to strengthening career and technical education programs.

Research has consistently shown that when students are engaged in school, they are less likely to drop out. 

We believe measures that provide schools the resources they need to provide cutting edge career and technical education programs to ensure the greatest number of students achieve successful certification, gainful employment, and boundless options. 

NEA supports a career and technical education agenda that:

  • Ensures access to the most up-to-date equipment;
  • Maintains a strong pipeline of quality, credentialed, and experienced educators;
  • Includes participation of underserved and nontraditional students;
  • Provides real career pathways;
  • Fosters collaboration among business, labor, employment, and economic development sectors to produce meaningful programs of study.

NEA lends its voice to defining career readiness

As a member of the Career Readiness Partner Council, NEA has joined almost three dozen national organizations to bring clarity around what it means for students to be career ready. 

NEA and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, or Perkins, provides much needed support for career and technical education programs at the state and local levels. These programs are critical for preparing youth and adults for a variety of careers and are essential in strengthening the country’s workforce. 

Funding for these programs provides one of the largest sources of federal funding for high schools and is an important resource of community colleges nationwide. 

For the latest information on the Perkins Act reauthorization and related bills in Congress, visit our page on

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The safety and well-being of students and educators cannot be compromised as they return to in-person instruction. Congress should increase education funding to assist with reopening needs.
National Education Association

Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.