A Merit Curriculum bill package was approved by state Rep. Bronna Kahle and the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee today, giving high school students and their families added options toward graduation on the way to post-high school career preparation.
“Skilled trades, information technology and STEM-oriented careers are very popular today and Lenawee County schools are teaching those programs,” said Kahle, who serves as vice chair of the committee. “Our education system is based on preparing high school students for life after graduation, so we must help Michigan schools have the tools to meet that goal.”
The four bills in the legislative package will allow statistics, computer coding and certified safety program courses to count toward graduation requirements, and give students an option to fulfill a 21st Century Skills requirement by completing a combination of career/technical education (CTE) or visual/performing arts courses.
Kahle recently hosted officials from Hudson Area Schools and Southern Michigan Center for Science and Industry before the committee to speak on college preparation and career counseling.
House Bills 4315-4318 advance to the full House for consideration.