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Michigan Diplomas Could be First in the Nation with STEM Certification

Gov. Rick Snyder has repeatedly called for an increased focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in our schools.

Rep. Amanda Price and I support that objective and have jointly introduced legislation that would allow a student to receive a STEM certification on their high school diploma. The endorsement would also be visible on student transcripts for future technical training, community college and college application review.

If enacted, Michigan would be the first state to offer such a STEM certification opportunity.

This initiative is the next step in ensuring that we are doing all we can to help prepare all Michigan students for success and also meet the skilled workforce needs of a growing economy.

The governor recently signed my bill to encourage schools to establish programs that award credit toward a college degree or an industry-recognized professional certificate, giving students on-the-job training.

Putting a STEM certification on a student’s diploma and transcript can help improve their college resume and their chances to land a well-paying job.

I recently celebrated the second-annual Manufacturing Day with local business leaders and students to recognize area manufacturers for their innovation and growth. They are expanding and creating jobs, and they support increased efforts to help students earn the training needed to fill thousands of positions currently available in Southwest Michigan. Continue reading

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Michigan Diplomas Could be First in U.S. for STEM Certification

Legislation sponsored by Sen. John Proos and Rep. Amanda Price would help give Michigan students a leg up on getting a job in a high-skilled career or continuing their education.

Senate Bills 1109 and 1110 and House Bills 5904 and 5905 would allow a student to receive a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) certification on their high school diploma. The STEM endorsement would also be visible on student transcripts for future technical training, community college and college application review. Continue reading

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Legislation Advances to Link Employers to Worker Training

Legislation to connect unfilled jobs with classroom education and training has been approved unanimously by the Michigan Legislature and is on its way to the governor’s desk.

“Thousands of jobs throughout the state and in Southwest Michigan remain unfilled because employers cannot find enough workers with the necessary skills,” said Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, who sponsored the bill. Senate Bill 66 allows for the sharing of information between school districts and businesses that have job needs as well as providing students and their parents with information on what career and technical education (CTE) opportunities are available to them. Continue reading

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Michigan’s Comeback Outpacing the Nation

Our state economy grew by 2 percent last year, while the U.S. gross domestic product only expanded by 1.8 percent, according to a new federal report.

This is great news for everyone in our state and is another illustration of Michigan’s comeback. Our pro-jobs reforms have made Michigan a place that businesses want to invest in and create jobs. Continue reading

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State Tax Dollars Should Stay in Michigan to Support Michigan Jobs

Michigan spends more than $30 billion annually on goods and services, and using state businesses to meet our needs can improve efficient use of taxpayer dollars, boost our economy and create jobs. That is why I co-sponsored a bill to … Continue reading

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Tele-Town Hall a Resounding Success

I recently held the latest in a series of “tele-town hall” meetings to discuss our accomplishments and to hear from residents about their priorities. It was a resounding success with more than 7,800 residents participating. Continue reading

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