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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.”