Michigan Diplomas Could be First in the Nation with STEM Certification

Proos CTEIf 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.

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Proos Talks Broadband Expansion in Michigan

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Michigan lawmakers on Thursday listened in on a discussion about expanding broadband internet access to new areas in the the state.

State Senator John Proos says that the 2013 Michigan Broadband Conference was held partly to talk about underserved areas of the state when it comes to high speed service. He says that it’s essential to get the technology everywhere in Michigan so that the state can compete economically and in education.

As the designated entity for broadband mapping and planning in the state, Connect Michigan is a public-private partnership between the Michigan Public Service Commission and Connected Nation. It works with local governments, businesses, and residents to achieve the goal of increasing broadband service in underserved areas. Proos says that everyone should look at http://www.ConnectMI.org to find out about how they can help with that effort.