first_img Categories: Albert News,News 20Dec Rep. Albert votes for bills to expand career skills education State Rep. Thomas Albert recently voted for a bipartisan five-bill package to enhance skilled trade and career education in Michigan’s public schools.“It’s a benefit to Michigan’s children to explore their own interests within education,” said Albert, of Lowell. “This legislation will give our local school districts more course flexibility, better access to experienced instructors and be able to work closely with local business owners. That will ultimately help our state’s students, while giving them better access to post-high school programs and to help have more options as future professionals.”The legislation was developed from the recommendations of the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance, which includes state K-12 educators and local employment leaders working together to help strengthen Michigan’s future.“Michigan has a growing demand for more diverse jobs, especially in skilled trades and technology,” Albert said. “We’ve got to encourage students in the classroom while increasing their educational opportunities, because that will prepare them for a successful life.”The legislation:Creates 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;Provides continuing education and professional development credit for teachers who spend time engaging with local employers and professional trade centers;Allows proprietary schools, community colleges and skilled trade employers access – with parental consent – to high school pupil directory information for the purposes of recruitment and career opportunities; andPermits schools to more readily hire professional trade instructors to teach classes that align with their expertise.House Bills 5139, 5140, 5141, 5142 and 5145 advance to the Senate for its consideration.#####last_img read more