LANSING—During Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2014 State of the State address Thursday night, the governor called for an increased focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in Michigan schools — objectives Sen. John Proos is seeks to address in legislation currently before the Legislature.
Proos’ Senate Bill 66 would allow options for Michigan students to take more career and technical education (CTE) courses and count them toward meeting the state’s high school graduation requirements.
“We all support a rigorous education that prepares our children for success, and I am enthusiastic to hear that the governor understands that greater access to career and technical education classes can help achieve this goal for every student,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Education is not a one-size-fits-all business. My measure will give Michigan students flexibility to get an education that meets their needs while also meeting the requirements to graduate from high school.”
Proos’ legislation would encourage schools to work with the community to offer high school credit for more flexible, career-based programs.
“A great example of a creative and educational way to teach students about science and technology are the successful robotics teams in Southwest Michigan,” Proos said. “These programs teach students practical problem solving, critical thinking and technical skills. They help students hone the skills necessary for successful careers in the 21st Century economy, and they should be considered as part of our curriculum and not separate from it.”
SB 66 urges more schools to offer CTE programs in partnership with a local business, labor group or post-secondary institution and strongly encourages that the programs award credit toward a college degree or an industry-recognized certificate.
“Governor Snyder understands the importance of applied learning in preparing future generations, and we can increase coordination of skilled trades and technical fields into Michigan schools,” Proos said. “I look forward to working with the governor to keep our rigorous academic and testing standards while also giving students a leg up on getting into college or getting a well-paying job in areas like manufacturing and agri-business.”
Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Sen. Proos are available on the senator’s webpage at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Podcasts.”