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Perkins V Engagement Begins Now – Help Create a Stable Future for the Industry

The AED Foundation is the leader in addressing professional education and workforce development issues for the issues for the equipment distribution industry. equipment industry. This includes accrediting diesel-equipment technology programs for high schools and colleges and, among many other things, focusing on the lack of skilled workers in the industry.

Our government affairs program helped lead the charge in Washington for the Career & Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), which modernized career and technical education (CTE) programs to address the skills gap and educate students on in-demand careers.

Enacted last summer, this law requires states to work closely with stakeholders, including our industry, to develop and submit detailed plans on how they intend to distribute the $1.3 billion of Department of Education funding that will be divided between states for CTE programs. Each state must submit a local needs assessment and engage the local business community throughout the process, culminating in submitting a comprehensive Perkins V plan to the Department of Education next spring.
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Your voice, the strong, unified voice of those in the equipment distribution industry, is one of the most (if not the most) important aspects of success in our government affairs program. Your story, and how you convey it, is exactly what the U.S. senators and representatives want to hear to know how certain laws will affect your community and your company. Therefore, we need your help with the Perkins V law.

AED members must begin the engagement process immediately to ensure states are targeting CTE resources to diesel technician training programs. The next four years of each state’s CTE funding priorities will be memorialized in its plan. To begin the engagement process, visit aedfoundation.org/perkins-v-engagement-process/ and follow the steps to draft your email to your state CTE director, seeking information on how you can participate in the process.

The AED Foundation is also looking for one or more AED member companies from each state to serve as leaders for their respective states during the Perkins V stakeholder engagement process. If you’re interested, visit the webpage above to find the form to provide your contact information following submission of the letter to your state’s CTE director.

This law will surely help in the efforts to create a stronger, more stable industry for the future, but we also need your help to see this success through. Please get involved with our government affairs program today. 

If you have any questions about the Perkins V engagement process, please contact The AED Foundation’s Associate Director of Development and Workforce, Marty McCormack, at  
630-642-9108 or mmccormack@aednet.org.

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