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Stronger focus on skilled trades under new law

Category: Politics

by Nicole Sevrey

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Representing Michigan Farm Bureau were MFB Board District 5 Director Stephanie Schafer (far left) and MFB Legislative Counsel Rebecca Park (far right).

Gov. Rick Snyder this week approved amendments to state law requiring high school guidance counselors to dedicate more time to learning about career and technical education and skilled trade job opportunities.

Sponsored by Rep. Brett Roberts (R-Eaton Twp.) and supported by Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB), House Bill 4181 requires high school guidance counselors complete 150 professional development hours, including:

  • 25 hours on career and technical education programs including military career options, and
  • 25 hours on college preparations.

“Nationally, there are 57,000 job openings each year in agriculture, food and natural resources careers, and we’re only filling 61 percent of those positions. And we’re seeing recent post-secondary graduates receive entry level annual salaries averaging $41,000 according to a study published by 20 universities across the country,” said MFB legislative counsel Rebecca Park. “This legislation is another step to increase awareness of the desirable careers within the food and agriculture industry.”