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A Legislative Win for Workforce Development

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This week, a series of Chamber-supported bills seeking to expand career exploration and boost Michigan’s workforce was passed by the Legislature. Among those bills were SB 175, SB 684, SB 685, HB 5139, HB 5141, HB 5142, HB 5145, and SB 946. The bills await signatures from the Governor.

The Skilled Trades Training Fund has proved to be a widely used program to boost our workforce, especially in West Michigan, and SB 946 codifies this program. SB 175 was an urgent matter for those students graduating in 2022 up until 2024. This bill extends current practice to include this time frame, and allows students to fulfill part of their foreign language requirement by completing a CTE course, performing arts or visual arts course. The remaining bills aim broadly at giving students the ability to explore career options early on, have experts in the field teach the CTE or industrial technology program courses, and allow teachers to use time spent engaging with local businesses towards professional development or continuing education for certain certificates.

Questions? Contact Alexa Rae Malesky at or 616.771.0311.

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