ACCA Supports President’s Call for More Vocational Education Programs

Arlington, VA (February 5, 2020)

ACCA President and CEO Barton James issued the following statement after President Trump's State of the Union Address:

“Last night, during his State of the Union Address, President Trump called on all high schools to invest in more career and technical education programs. The President’s budget contains programming that would set a course for every high school to offer vocational and technical education programs. Importantly, this was one of the few instances where nearly every Member of Congress, Republican and Democrat, stood and applauded. The President’s vision for career and technical education programs is truly a bipartisan effort and ACCA calls upon Congress to take action on this important workforce development initiative.

"President Trump also recognized American businesses who have taken the Pledge to America’s Workers, an initiative that encourages businesses to invest in educational opportunities, career development programs, or hiring more employees. More than 400 companies have taken the Pledge to America’s Workers, including more than 40 ACCA members. ACCA members account for 10 percent of companies who have taken the Pledge and we continue to recruit more contractors to join this important initiative.

"ACCA welcomes the opportunity to work with policy makers from all political parties to advance these national priorities and we thank President Trump for his leadership and commitment to the skilled trades."

For more information on ACCA's work on these workforce initiatives, contact Todd Washam at or 703-824-8864.


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ACCA is a non-profit association serving more than 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses in the indoor environment and energy services community. Our member firms are the nation's most professional contracting businesses, serving residential and commercial customers in every state. With roots stretching back a century, ACCA was incorporated in its present form nearly 50 years ago. Today, ACCA sets the standards for quality comfort systems, provides leading-edge education for contractors and their employees, and fights for the interests of professional contractors throughout the nation. Learn more about ACCA here.