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U.S. Rep. Newman (Il-03) Introduces The Supporting Small Business And Career And Technical Education Act

May 20, 2021

New legislation is designed to ensure young Americans have increased access to CTE programs and trades that will lead to good-paying jobs

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Marie Newman (IL-03) and Representative Roger Williams (TX-25) introduced the Supporting Small Business and Career and Technical Education Act as part of an effort to encourage more Americans to pursue Career and Technical Education paths and to consider the financial obligations that come with a 4-year degree.

"Strengthening our trades programs is a key component of building an economy that works for everyone," said Congresswoman Newman. "I’m proud to introduce this legislation, which will both increase awareness of CTE programs and integrate CTE graduates in our local small business networks. We must ensure that all youth have the opportunity and resources they need to develop these critical skills that will lead them to good-paying jobs in America."

The bill will amend the Small Business Act to direct Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) and Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) to assist small businesses in hiring graduates from career and technical education programs, in addition to the existing services SBDCs and WBCs provide. The bill also supports career and technical education graduates by directing SBDCs and WBCs to assist them in starting up a small business.

“America is in critical need of skilled workers- plumbers, electricians, mechanics, and countless other skilled professions. These professionals are the lifeblood of our economy.” said Congressman Williams. “This bill would allow Small Business Development Centers and Women’s Business Centers to assist recent CTE graduates in starting up a small business or connecting with an existing business in need of their skillset.”