Senate panel supports Rendon plan expanding skilled trades

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Legislation to provide more career instruction to K-12 students

The Senate Economic Development and International Investment Committee today approved state Rep. Daire Rendon’s landmark plan to create age-appropriate skilled trades learning programs in each grade level of Michigan’s school districts.

House Bill 5139 tasks the state Department of Education to develop a K-12 framework for skilled trade instruction while also engaging local school districts to work with area families, job creators and career training programs to provide strategies for career development education.

“Education needs to grow beyond math and social science to help students find and develop their interests,” said Rendon, of Lake City. “Providing hands-on instruction can be a strong contributor in multiple subjects, showing the real-world application to supplement what our teachers are already doing in the classrooms. It all works together to set our students up for a bright future after high school.”

Rendon’s legislation is part of a bipartisan multi-bill plan to enhance skilled trade education, while helping students find career opportunities within their interests. The other bills:

  • Provide continuing education and professional development credit for teachers who spend

time engaging with local employers and professional trade centers; and

  • Permit schools to hire professional trade instructors to teach classes that align with their expertise.

“This is a great opportunity for our communities and schools in Michigan,” Rendon said. “Partnering businesses with local districts will help engage our students, while also informing them of the skills needed for jobs open now and in the future.”

The legislative package advances to the Senate for its consideration.