Chamber-Supported Legislation to Address Talent Gap to be Considered in House Committee

October 23, 2017

The House Workforce and Talent Committee is set to consider legislation later this week aimed at filling Michigan’s talent gap and opening pathways to Career and Technical Education (CTE) students. The Chamber is pledging its support for the package of bills. 

The package of bills would: 

    • Provide for greater student and parent skilled trade program awareness, with the goal of driving more students towards these programs and careers where Michigan has worker shortages. This will allow proprietary schools, skilled trade employers and community colleges to have access to pupil directory information for the purposes of marketing educational and career opportunities. This will put these institutions on par with the military and universities in their ability to recruit students.
    • Provide for greater student career exploration, exposing students in 7th and 8th grade to robust career exploration and job readiness courses.
    • Provide real world experience for educators, guaranteeing that the time educators spend with local employers will count for credit toward required continuing education and professional development. 
    • Boost CTE instructor recruitment by allowing schools to hire non-certificated/-endorsed instructors for CTE programs in instances where the person has achieved private sector expertise in the subject matter or field of the program.

House Bills 5139-42 and 5145 are being pushed by the Governor’s Michigan Career Pathways Alliance - a group focused on providing opportunities for businesses and schools to collaborate to create a robust and diverse talent pipeline ready to fill the jobs coming back to our state. You can learn more about the Alliance, the public policy changes they are pushing and the more than 60 businesses, schools and organizations supporting it at www.michigan.gov/micareerpathways.  

For more information, contact Wendy Block at wblock@michamber.com.