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Congressman Lloyd Smucker

Representing the 16th District of Pennsylvania


Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act

On June 22, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. This legislation will help more Americans enter the workforce with the skills necessary to compete for good-paying, in-demand jobs.

Rep. Smucker said:

"I have my own experience with non-traditional education. I took college courses at night while operating a small construction company during the day. Countless students across Pennsylvania and the nation have similar experiences, and we should make it easier for them to compete in today’s 21st century economy. My district is home to multiple CTE schools, and I’ve heard directly that they want to expand their programs to students who are ready to learn and eager to work. This legislation will help businesses and schools collaborate to ensure students gain the necessary skills to get in-demand, family-sustaining jobs. I am proud to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass this legislation, and want to thank Reps. Thompson and Krishnamoorthi for carrying this across the finish line."

This bill:

  • Empowers state and local community leaders by simplifying the application process for receiving federal funds and providing more flexibility to use federal resources to respond to changing education and economic needs.
  • Improves alignment with in-demand jobs by supporting innovative learning opportunities, building better community partnerships, and encouraging stronger engagement with employers.
  • Increases transparency and accountability by streamlining performance measures to ensure CTE programs deliver results, empowering parents, students, and stakeholders with a voice in setting performance goals and evaluating the effectiveness of local programs.
  • Ensures a limited federal role by reining in the secretary of education's authority, limiting federal intervention, and preventing political favoritism.


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Rep. Smucker visited Reading Area Community College in March. You can read about that visit here and view pictures here. After the bill passed the House, Rep. Smucker participated in a press conference with a bipartisan group of his colleagues. You can watch a video from that event here.

More on Education

July 25, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C.­– Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation cosponsored by U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) to strengthen and improve career and technical education in order help Americans obtain the skills they need to compete in-demand jobs. Passage of this bill has been a leading priority for Rep. Smucker.

July 25, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) today spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representativesin support of workforce development efforts, and to urge his colleagues to support his legislation to address the urgent need to ensure current and future workers are prepared for jobs in today’s 21stcentury economy.

April 10, 2018 In The News

“You are all fortunate to be in a school district like Ephrata,” said U.S. Congressman Lloyd Smucker to the gymnasium full of students at Ephrata Intermediate School Tuesday morning.

Rep. Smucker was a special attendee at Ephrata Intermediate School, located at 957 Hammon Ave., where a Computer Science Road Show was held for fifth graders to teach them about the benefits of coding and the importance of computer science as they grow up and begin to choose future occupations.

December 7, 2017 Page


Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Act

The Promise of Postsecondary Education is Broken

August 17, 2017 Press Release

Lancaster, Pa. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) today released a new video, Serving Our Community, highlighting his work and accomplishments in the House of Representatives in the first eight months of the 115th Congress.

Click the image to watch the video.

June 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation to strengthen and improve career and technical education and give Americans the skills they need to compete for in-demand jobs.

May 22, 2017 In The News

With high school graduation season approaching, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce last week passed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act with unanimous support from Democrats and Republicans. The legislation, of which Republican Rep. Lloyd Smucker is an original co-sponsor, aims to help young people develop the skills and knowledge they need to compete for good-paying jobs.