Sen. Horn Recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month

LANSING—State Sen. Ken Horn addressed a crowd gathered on the Capitol steps on Thursday in support of child abuse awareness and to support April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The rally was part of an annual effort by the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse in all of its forms.

“The work that Children’s Trust Fund does here in Michigan with contributions from supporters, along with symbols like the blue pinwheel, are vitally important in making sure that we raise awareness and honor all Michigan children,” said Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “I was happy to see in Lansing today one of our great partners from the 32nd District, Suzanne Greenberg from the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region.

“It is important to remember there is always something that you can give, whether it is your time, talent, knowledge or, for those who are able, their treasure.”

Several speakers also highlighted the 13th Annual Pam Posthumus Signature Auction Event, which will be held on Wednesday, May 13 from 5-9 p.m at the Lansing Center.

Individuals wishing to get involved with the May event or the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund can visit www.michigan.gov/ctf for more information on goals, events and ways to help and donate.

A print-quality photograph of Horn speaking is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s website at www.SenatorKenHorn.com. Click on “Photowire” under the Media Center tab.

Photo Caption: State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, addresses the crowd at the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund (MCTF) rally on the Capitol steps Thursday morning. The MCTF hosts a rally every year at the Capitol and invites elected officials to speak in an effort to bring awareness to the issue of child abuse in Michigan.

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Bills would allow STEM certification on Michigan diplomas

LANSING—Michigan students would get a leg up on earning a job in a high-skilled career or continuing their education under legislation that passed the Senate on Thursday.

Senate Bills 169-170, co-sponsored by state Sen. Ken Horn, would allow a student to receive a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) certification on their high school diploma. The STEM endorsement would also be visible on student transcripts for future technical training, community college and college application review.

“The Department of Technology, Management and Budget recently issued a report that found roughly 38,000 online job postings for science, math and technical related jobs. Many of these positions remain unfilled because there simply isn’t a trained job core to consistently fill them,” said Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “This legislation allows Michigan’s students additional opportunities for training to meet our growing skilled-workforce needs.”

Students will be able to earn the STEM certification on their diploma if they satisfy all applicable requirements of the Michigan Merit Standard for a high school diploma, as well as additional requirements in science, mathematics and coursework involving technology and engineering activities.

“Gov. Rick Snyder has repeatedly called for an increased focus on STEM education in Michigan,” Horn Said. “Giving students an opportunity to earn this distinction on their diplomas and transcripts helps them improve their college resume and their chances to land a well-paying job after graduation.”

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