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Republican U.S. Rep. Ted Budd smiles for a photo after a debate with Democrat Kathy Manning regarding their race for the N.C. 13th Congressional District seat in a "Triad Today" forum hosted by Jim Longworth on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, at the WXLV-TV/WMYV-TV studio in Winston-Salem, N.C.

U.S. Rep. Ted Budd introduced a bill calling for a study of federal data collection related to career and technical education programs.

The bill was introduced Wednesday.

“Currently, there are few ways to measure academic outcomes and participation in Career and Technical Education Programs. That’s why I introduced legislation that would direct the secretaries of Education and Labor to establish a task force to explore ways to improve data collection on apprenticeships and look for gaps that need to be filled,” Budd said.

“I introduced the CODE Act with a singular goal in mind: to improve the quality of apprenticeship programs for every student across the country.”

The bill says the study will determine how effective the federal government has been in measuring student participation and performance in career and technical education programs.

If the bill is approved, the secretary of education and secretary of labor will have one year to submit the report to Congress along with any oversights of federal measurements of career and technical education programs and methods of improving the measurement of the programs.

“Apprenticeships play an integral role in preparing the next generation of American workers,” Budd said. “it’s imperative that there are high-salary, low-debt learning opportunities available to students from all backgrounds.”

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