Many high-paying and essential jobs in Michigan are in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math – the STEM fields. Yet many of these positions remain unfilled.
An increased focus on STEM education will better prepare our students for success in these highly skilled areas. I recently supported legislation that would allow a student to receive a STEM endorsement on his or her high school diploma and transcript by meeting additional requirements in science and math and taking coursework involving technology and engineering activities.
A STEM endorsement, which is voluntary for students to receive, will set our students apart as they pursue their educational or career opportunities. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are projected to be more than 250,000 STEM-related jobs in the state in the next few years.
Senate Bills 169 and 170 have been sent to the House for consideration.