House panel approves Proos’ STEM certification bill

Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan students would get a leg up on earning a job in a high-skilled career or continuing their education under legislation sponsored by Sen. John Proos and recently approved by the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee.

“Michigan’s economy is growing and creating jobs, yet many of these well-paying positions remain unfilled,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I am proud that we are giving students a chance to receive hands-on training, and this initiative is the next step in ensuring that our students are prepared for success and to meet our growing skilled-workforce needs.”

Senate Bill 344 would allow Michigan students to receive a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) certification on their diploma or transcript as an incentive for taking additional STEM courses.

“This certification would be a change to reward students who take additional STEM classes and to highlight their accomplishments,” Proos said. “I encourage the House to help give our students a competitive advantage in landing a great career by making Michigan the first state to allow this STEM certification opportunity.”

To earn the STEM certification, students would need to complete at least six credits in mathematics, at least six credits in science, at least a half credit featuring significant coursework involving technology, and at least a half credit featuring significant coursework involving engineering.

SB 344 was unanimously approved by the Senate last year. The bill now heads to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

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Editor’s note: Audio comments by Proos will be available at www.SenatorJohnProos.com/Audio.