Proos answers call for more talent and job awareness

Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos has introduced legislation to give Michigan students a leg up on earning a job in a high-skilled career.

“Michigan’s economy is growing and creating jobs, yet many of these positions remain unfilled. The state recently said that it has more than 98,000 open positions on its official job site,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “A significant reason for this jobs gap is a lack of focus on training and education in fields where positions exist. This initiative is the next step in ensuring Michigan students are prepared for success and to meet our growing need to fill high-tech automotive jobs.”

Senate Bill 344 would allow a student to receive a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) certification. Currently, there is no incentive for students to take additional math and science credits. There is actually a disincentive, because it is more difficult. If the bill is enacted, Michigan would be the first state in the nation to allow such a STEM certification opportunity.

“I am proud that we are giving students a chance to receive on-the-job training, and this certification would be an excellent way to highlight a student’s accomplishments,” Proos said. “Allowing students to earn this STEM certification and place it on their resumes would help give them a competitive advantage in landing a well-paying job and ensure Michigan closes the skills gap facing employers.”

Proos’ other legislation, SB 343, would require school districts and public school academies to provide students with the most recent available “Career Outlook” pamphlet for the economic forecast region in which the school or public school academy is located. The brochures are created for 18 Michigan regions by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives.

“The Career Outlook pamphlets look outward for future job growth and also highlight current advertised job openings in the area,” Proos said. “They are tremendous resources for Michigan students looking at various career paths, and my legislation would ensure that every Michigan high school student receives a copy of the career outlook pamphlet for their area.

“It’s all about giving students critical information about jobs and economic trends as they make important decisions about their education and career readiness. Most importantly, we would like to connect our students to jobs and opportunities here at home.”


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