Proos welcomes award-winning Coloma students to Capitol

LANSING— Sen. John Proos welcomed Coloma High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) students and instructors to the state Capitol on Wednesday. The students were honored by the Michigan Department of Education in February with the Excellence in Practice Award for a metal dinosaur sculpture project.

“This project represents what Michigan students and teachers can achieve through creativity, collaboration and hard work,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I was proud to welcome these dedicated students and their teachers to the Capitol today. The school’s art, robotics and welding departments came together to complete this remarkable project. I encourage Southwest Michigan residents to come out and see the sculptures at Grandpa’s Cider Mill in Coloma.”

This is the first year the state has presented the Excellence in Practice Award, which recognizes successful, exemplary state-approved CTE programs and career initiatives. The programs demonstrate outstanding outcomes, produce measurable results for students and meet the challenge of high academic rigor.

Proos recently co-sponsored Senate Bill 997, which would revise the state’s high school graduation requirements to allow seven credits to be filled either through the current route or through career and technical courses. 

“We have done much to make Michigan more competitive in the pursuit of jobs, including manufacturing jobs,” Proos said. “While we work to bring these jobs to our state, we must ensure that Michigan will continue to have workers with the skills necessary to land these jobs. This is the kind of program that encourages young people to explore the many career options available in the technical fields.”

The sculptures were purchased by Grandpa’s Cider Mill for display on its farm. All proceeds from the sale are being donated to Sarett Nature Center in Berrien County.

A print-quality photograph of Proos, students and instructors is available by visiting Sen. Proos’ photowire at: