State Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake voted for Merit Curriculum bill package today, giving students and their families added options toward graduation and post-high school career preparation.
“This legislation gives more control to the students while also helping our state get more professionals in skilled trades and information technology,” Lower said. “We’ve discussed the need for bills like this during my coffee hours in Montcalm and Gratiot counties because this is the kind of legislation that will help our region and Michigan as a whole move forward.”
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.
“Career options have changed a lot over the past 10 years, just as the demand for young professionals given real-world training in vocational education classes has increased,” Lower said. “My vote was to help our students today prepare for what’s available to them tomorrow.”
House Bills 4315-4318 advance to the Senate for consideration.