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NRCA supports the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353)

July 12, 2017

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader
U.S. Senate
U.S. Capitol Building, S-230
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Leader McConnell,

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) strongly supports the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353), legislation to reform and reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. NRCA urges you to support Senate passage of this much-needed workforce development legislation.

Established in 1886, NRCA is one of the nation's oldest trade associations and the voice of professional roofing contractors worldwide. NRCA's 3,600 member companies represent all segments of the roofing industry, including contractors, manufacturers, distributors, consultants and other industry employers. NRCA members are typically small, privately held companies, but our membership includes businesses of all sizes.

Workforce development is one of the most difficult challenges facing NRCA members today, and reforming career and technical education (CTE) programs that operate under the Perkins Act is critical to helping our members address their future workforce needs. Given this pressing issue within our membership, NRCA and other associations developed policy recommendations designed to make CTE programs more responsive to employers' workforce development needs. We are pleased to see that our recommendations have largely been incorporated into H.R. 2353.

NRCA believes this legislation will provide for more effective engagement between roofing industry employers and educators in the development of CTE programs in the future. The reforms in this legislation will provide expanded opportunities for work-based learning and incentives to encourage the development of industry-recognized credentials. Additionally, we are pleased that the bill will increase authorized funding levels during the next five years.

Again, NRCA strongly supports H.R. 2353 because the reforms in this legislation are critically needed to help our members address their workforce development needs in the future. NRCA urges you to support Senate passage of H.R. 2353.

Thank you for your consideration of the views and concerns of NRCA members. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact NRCA's Washington, D.C. office at (202) 546-7584.


Jim Barr
Barr Roofing Company, Abilene, TX
Chairman of the Board, NRCA

Cc. All Members of the U.S. Senate

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