Bumstead commends technical education laws that open doors for training a skilled

first_img26Jun Bumstead commends technical education laws that open doors for training a skilled workforce Categories: News State Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, applauded this week’s signing of House Bill 4465 and 4466—now PA 208 and 209 of 2014—which modify the Michigan Merit Curriculum to increase flexibility for high school students so they can explore vocational and career training education outside of traditional college preparatory programs.“I am personally supportive of this legislation because I received technical career education in high school and went on to become a builder and contractor,” Bumstead said. “Sending our kids off to college is all well and good, but not everyone wants to go down that path. There are countless respectable, highly-paid vocational careers, and I am so glad this legislation can help kids discover these less familiar paths to success.”Bumstead co-sponsored both bills, which loosen curriculum restrictions, allowing students, parents, teachers and school districts to craft local programs that meet students’ personalized goals and specific needs. Students in middle and primary school are also encouraged to explore foreign languages and the arts thanks to these guidelines, which may foster increased learning in those topics at an early age.Expansion of vocational and technical education opportunities was a point made during this year’s State of the State address, and Bumstead said he is glad to see Gov. Rick Snyder bringing such valuable legislation to life for the future of Michigan’s skilled workforce.###last_img

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