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Michigan Career Pathways Bill Helps Students and Businesses Succeed

Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation to ensure all Michigan students graduate with the skills and abilities they need to succeed in life after high school. The Marshall Plan components in Senate Bill 941 provides $22 million in incentives for school districts to offer courses that allow students to earn industry certifications that lead to high-wage careers in growing industries.

The legislation also creates the structure to bring businesses and the K-12 and postsecondary education communities together to develop robust career pathways aligned to high-demand, high-salary careers. In addition to the plan’s focus on robust pathways in high-demand sectors such as computer science and IT, the legislation also emphasizes career planning, the value of stackable credentials and investments in professional educators.

SB 941 also recognizes the importance of ensuring students demonstrate mastery of key concepts and skills—regardless of time, place or pace—by including grants to schools to support their conversion to a competency-based instructional model.

“The future of every state’s economy is tied to its future workforce, which are today’s students. Michigan’s forward-thinking legislation promises its young people new pathways to great jobs while offering businesses the high-demand talent they need to excel. Without question, that’s a win for everyone.”

Patricia Levesque, CEO of ExcelinEd

We congratulate Governor Snyder and Michigan’s legislators for their bipartisan support of this important legislation. We also thank for their tireless work on behalf of students in Michigan and around the country.

More information on best practices for implementing career and technical education, read Putting CTE to Work for Students: A Playbook for State Policymakers or visit ExcelinEd’s policy library.