Area school leaders highlight SMCSI program to Michigan Merit Curriculum subcommittee

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LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn on Thursday welcomed Southern Michigan Center for Science and Industry (SMCSI) Program Manager Dan Rogers and Hudson Area Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Osborne to the Capitol to highlight the SMCSI to an education subcommittee reviewing the Michigan Merit Curriculum.

“As we look at the MMC to ensure that it is giving all our students an education that best meets their needs and prepares them for success, it is good to hear from leaders who are taking new and innovative approaches,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “The center is a wonderful example of area school officials and local business leaders coming together to give students a chance to learn the tools necessary to be successful and obtain a well-paying job in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

“They saw an increased need for skilled workers in advanced manufacturing and in trades such as welding, and they created a program to offer new education experiences and help bridge the gap for highly skilled workers.”

SMCSI’s objective is to provide opportunities for careers in engineering, sales, manufacturing and advanced manufacturing and to improve student performance and workplace readiness.

The center, housed in a former manufacturing facility in Hudson, provides 21st century education and training to high school students and adults through blended learning with the use of technology.

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