U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, on Wednesday announced she successfully added a “STEAM” measure to a career and technical education bill that unanimously passed the House Education Committee.
The measure would allow incorporating art and design skill tranining, “when appropriate,” into federally-funded career and training programs.
“One issue I hear from businesses in my district is that they have a desire to find more employees who are not only technically proficient but also possess the creative and design skills found in the arts,” Stefanik said in a press release.
Stefanik is co-chairwoman of the Congressional STEAM Caucus.
STEAM stands for an education approach that includes a balance between science, technology, engineering, arts and mathmatics.
The overall legislation – HR 2353 – updates a 1984 career and technical traning law to bring the federal program in line with modern methods and technology.
The legislation would simplify the process of seeking federal funds, increase flexibility of how funds can be used, align funding with industry needs and increase accountanility, according to a House Education Committee fact sheet.
The legislation had 16 co-sponsors, including Stefanik, as of Wednesday – eight Republicans and eight Democrats.
Similar legislation passed the House by a 405-5 vote in Sept. 2016, according to the House Education Committee.