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News Release: Michigan to offer nation’s first STEM certification on diplomas

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July 03, 2018
LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday signed Sen. John Proos’ legislation to provide students with important career outlook information and reward students for taking extra science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses.
 
“As Michigan’s economy continues to grow and create jobs, many well-paying positions remain unfilled,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “We owe it to every high school student to provide them with valuable career information — including materials on fields where jobs currently exist and are expected to be created — so they can make the best decision for their future.”
 
Senate Bill 343, now Public Act 242 of 2018, requires school districts and public school academies to provide students with the most recent available analysis of in-demand occupations for the economic forecast region in which the school or public school academy is located. The new act allows the in-demand careers information to be emailed to students.
 
Residents can see the current “Hot Jobs” outlook for Southwest Michigan by clicking here. This information is compiled on an annual basis by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget. Outlooks for all of Michigan’s 10 prosperity regions are available at www.milmi.org/research/regional-hot-jobs-for-2024.
 
SB 344, now PA 241 of 2018, allows Michigan students to receive a STEM certification on their diploma or transcript as an incentive for taking additional courses in STEM subjects.
 
“Michigan is now the first state in the nation to allow this STEM certification opportunity,” Proos said. “It is a great way to reward students who have taken the initiative to complete additional STEM classes to prepare themselves for success in growing careers and to highlight their accomplishments.
 
“Both of these measures will help Michigan students succeed by ensuring they can make informed decisions by receiving information on in-demand jobs and giving them a competitive advantage in landing a great job.”
 
To earn the STEM certification, students need to complete at least six credits in mathematics, at least six credits in science, at least a half credit featuring significant coursework involving technology, and at least a half credit featuring significant coursework involving engineering.