Rep Victory supports bills to expand skilled trade opportunities

first_img Categories: News,Victory News 15Dec Rep. Victory supports bills to expand skilled trade opportunities State Rep. Roger Victory, of Hudsonville, this week voted for a bipartisan five-bill package to enhance skilled trade education in Michigan.“This legislation provides more instructional flexibility to schools, leading to more opportunity for Michigan children after graduation,” Victory said. “I know firsthand the job opportunities we have right now in agriculture, but this bill can help us fill the growing demand in the manufacturing, skilled trade and technology fields. These bills start with our K-12 education, but also set our children up for success after high school.”The legislation is driven by recommendations by the Career Pathways Alliance, which had  state employment and education leaders working together to improve Michigan’s professional future. With a growing demand for skilled trades professionals and 100,000 current open positions across the state, Victory believes the legislation is a positive step to address both issues.“We’ve got to encourage students in the classroom while increasing their exposure to career opportunities,” Victory said. “Education and life are not one-size-fits-all. We should stop acting like it is.”The legislation:Creates a K-12 model program that emphasizes career learning and themes for each gradelevel, while focusing on engaging with parents, community businesses and industryinterests;Provides continuing education and professional development credit for teachers whospend time engaging with local employers and professional trade centers;Allows proprietary schools, community colleges and skilled trade employers access – withparental consent – to high school pupil directory information for the purposes of recruitmentand career opportunities; andPermits schools to more readily hire professional trade instructors to teach classes thatalign with their expertise.House Bills 5139, 5140, 5141, 5142 and 5145 advance to the Senate for its consideration.#####last_img

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