Michigan Lawmakers Look to Schools to Fill Skilled-Worker Gaps

State senate votes to require that students be told in-demand jobs

Associated Press

Michigan lawmakers are considering two bills that seek to fill a shortage of skilled workers. One measure would require schools to provide middle-school students with information about "in-demand" jobs, and the other would recognize students who complete science, technology, engineering and math coursework.

Middle school students would receive information about in-demand jobs in skilled trades and other industries under legislation advancing in Michigan.

The state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to require schools to give seventh- or eighth-graders the most recent analysis of in-demand occupations in their region as part of a mandatory educational development plan that students already review.

Senate Bill 343: http://bit.ly/2rLFx5q

Senate Bill 344: http://bit.ly/2sgfdDc

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