Senate approves STEM, in-demand jobs bills

Michigan students could be given important career information and get a leg up on earning a high-skilled job under legislation recently approved by the state Senate.

It is vital that we address our state’s current gap in the number of skilled Michigan workers available to fill in-demand jobs. As we try to meet our state’s growing workforce, I have supported measures to help Michigan students make the best decisions they can about their education and career.

Senate Bill 343 would require school districts and public school academies to provide students with the most recent available analysis of in-demand occupations for the economic forecast region in which the school or public school academy is located.

Residents can see the current “Hot Jobs” outlook for Northeastern Lower Michigan by clicking here and check out the outlook for East Central Michigan by clicking here.

We owe it to every Michigan student that we provide them with this tremendous resource about in-demand jobs and growing careers in their area. We also should reward students who take additional science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) classes.

SB 344 would allow a student to receive a STEM certification as an incentive for taking additional STEM courses. If the bill is enacted, Michigan would be the first state to allow such a STEM certification opportunity.