August 4, 2003
Council launches e-advocacy to support renewed federal funding for career, technical education
The Business Council has launched a new electronic advocacy campaign to convince Congress to renew a law that supports vocational and technical career training for students and adults.
The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998 provides funding for secondary and post-secondary career and technical education programs in high schools, colleges, and vocational schools such as BOCES. The federal law is scheduled to be reauthorized in the fall of 2003.
The Council supports its renewal because career and technical education gives students skills that are essential for jobs in New York's evolving high-tech economy, said Margarita Mayo, The Council's director of quality, education, and training.
The new e-advocacy campaign, which began August 4, allows visitors to the Council's Web site to automatically generate faxed letters in support of the act to their congressional representatives.
"Career and technical education programs are an integral part of public education and are designed to educate about, through, and for careers," a typical letter says. "A federal investment in career technical education is a wise and necessary investment in the future of our nation's students, workers and economy."
To participate in the e-advocacy, visit www.bcnys.org/inside/educcom.htm and click on the icon that says "Support Career and Technical Education." After visitors enter their names and addresses on the form provided, the system automatically identifies their Congressional representatives and generates letters to them supporting renewal of the Perkins Act.
Copies of all letters sent to Washington are e-mailed to the users.