Rep Frederick unveils plan to expand skilled trades instruction in schools

first_img19Oct Rep. Frederick unveils plan to expand skilled trades instruction in schools Categories: Frederick News,News State Rep. Ben Frederick, chairman of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee, unveiled a plan Wednesday to enhance skilled trades education in Michigan’s public schools while helping students find career opportunities to match their interest and abilities.“This is an opportunity to help our children discover the many paths available to a successful future career,” said Frederick, of Owosso. “This legislation is a product of many hours of study involving our state’s education and employment leaders. We have to provide more flexibility within our K-12 system to supply more opportunities for students.”Roger Curtis, director of the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development, and Bill Henderson, chair of the Michigan Manufacturing Association, attended a press conference Wednesday announcing the bipartisan legislation.“This will work alongside proposed Michigan Merit Curriculum flexibility updates we approved in the House to help prepare our students for life and the many career paths available to them,” Frederick said. “This means encouraging rather than discouraging engagement between educators and employers and equal value being given to the professional skills and training required for careers.”The legislation, which has been assigned to the Workforce and Talent Development Committee, will:Create a K-12 model program that emphasizes career learning and themes for each grade level, while focusing on engaging with parents, community businesses and industry interests;Provide continuing education and professional development credit for teachers who spend time engaging with local employers and professional trade centers.Allow proprietary schools, community colleges and skilled trade employers access – with parental consent – to high school pupil directory information for the purposes of recruitment and career opportunities.Permit schools to more readily hire professional trade instructors to teach classes that align with their expertise.last_img

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