Thompson, Langevin Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing National Career Development Month

November 10, 2022
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-chairs of the bipartisan House Career and Technical Education Caucus, today introduced a resolution recognizing November as National Career Development Month.

National Career Development Month marks an important time for our students and workers of all ages to consider and explore future career opportunities. It is also a time to recognize the professionals who guide learners to become the leaders of tomorrow. Throughout the month, schools and businesses will have the chance to showcase different career paths that align with various interests and skills. These opportunities will better prepare students as they begin to enter the workforce.

“National Career Development Month raises awareness of future career opportunities and development programs for all individuals,” Rep. Thompson said. “A highly skilled workforce is a business’ number one asset and provides a competitive edge. This month, I encourage employers, students, and workers of all ages to take advantage of career development, putting them in the driver’s seat of their future.”
“Every November, we pause to thank the dedicated educators who encourage our nation’s students to explore the career pathways that most align with their interests and skills,” Rep. Langevin said. “Investments in career development are critical to maintaining our competitive advantage in the global economy. This National Career Development Month, I want to recognize all of the career development professionals who are committed to empowering the next generation of American leaders.”

“The National Career Development Association (NCDA) is pleased to designate November as National Career Development Month.  This celebration commemorates the important work of NCDA members who provide quality career development services to students and clients.  By inspiring careers, they empower lives.  We commend the work of Representatives Thompson and Langevin in making informed career choice a national priority.  NCDA members appreciate this national resolution and continued support of both representatives and members of Congress,” said Dr. Lakeisha Mathews, NCDA President.

"A hallmark of high-quality CTE is career development opportunities that equitably support learners as they explore and pursue their career passion. Advance CTE is proud to support this bipartisan resolution designating November as National Career Development Month from Representatives Thompson and Langevin, which recognizes the crucial role career development contributes to a skilled workforce and learner success in education, work, and in life,” said Kimberly Green, Advance CTE Executive Director.
"Career development activities support student engagement and growth, promoting a well-informed pursuit of professional endeavors throughout an individual’s life. The National Association of Workforce Boards is proud to support Representatives Thompson's and Langevin's resolution designating November as National Career Development Month, which encourages practices that improve workforce outcomes and the wider U.S. economy," said Rob Painter, CEO of National Association of Workforce Boards.
Jobs For Our Future strongly supports the designation of November as “National Career Development Month.”  Career navigation systems and professionals are more important than ever in our rapidly changing economy.  They are critical in helping students, jobseekers and workers make informed, financially sound, and sustainable education and career choices in an increasingly complex labor market,” said Mary Clagett, Senior Director for Workforce Policy.

“Career development professionals are a community of passionate individuals dedicated to supporting and serving students. Each day, career development professionals guide learners on their paths to pursuing a successful, engaging career pathway of their choice. We are pleased to designate November 2022 as National Career Development Month alongside Congressmen Thompson and Langevin, and we thank them for their recognition of the key role that career development professionals play in the evolution of our workforce,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson.
“National FFA is proud to support the resolution for National Career Development Month, Career development is integral to National FFA’s three-component model – classroom, work-based learning and leadership activities. Through our career development events, our members participate in career exploration and gain valuable skills that prepare them for the workforce. This resolution encourages collaboration and celebration as we prepare the next generation of leaders and their future successes. Our organization thanks Representatives Thompson and Langevin, along with the other members of Congress, who are championing workforce development policy,” said National FFA CEO Scott Stump.

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