Bipartisan legislation will expand career instruction in K-12 classrooms
The state Legislature on Tuesday approved state Rep. Bronna Kahle’s plan to expand professional trade instruction to benefit high school students.
Kahle’s legislation – House Bill 5141 – will permit schools to hire professional trade instructors to teach classes that align with their expertise in which they hold a license or certificate.
“Our state has many good-paying jobs and bright career opportunities in skilled trades right now, but we need experienced instructors to help bring that real world teaching to the classroom,” said Kahle, vice chair of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee. “The professional trades offer quality, high-paying jobs. Young people need to know about these options and have the opportunity to train in these fields if they have an interest in those areas.”
The legislation has significant support in Lenawee County with Mark Haag, superintendent of the Lenawee Intermediate School District; Dan Garno, executive director of staff resources at the Lenawee ISD; and Dan Rogers, director of Center for Science and Industry in Hudson all testifying for Kahle’s plan before a House committee in 2017.
The bill is part of a bipartisan package, which 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; and
- Provide continuing education and professional development credit for teachers who spend time engaging with local employers and professional trade centers.
“There is a talent gap across the state. We’re fortunate in Lenawee County to have dedicated local districts and employers working together to prepare our students for careers,” said Kahle, of Adrian. “This legislation will help across the state, addressing the current demand and expected future needs for talented professionals into skilled fields.”
HB 5141 advances to the governor for review.