**Media Advisory** Sen. John Proos available to discuss efforts to fill Michigan’s skilled workers gap

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Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. — During the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference, Sen. John Proos will hold a media availability Thursday morning to discuss legislation designed to help bridge Michigan’s current gap in skilled workers and encourage students to consider careers in high-demand fields.

Who:
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph.

What:
A media availability with Proos to outline his legislation to help Michigan meet the workforce needs of a growing economy; encourage students to take additional science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) classes; and provide students with regional in-demand job projections as they decide their own path to success.

When:
Thursday, June 1 at 7:30 a.m. (and again at 11:30 a.m. if necessary)

Where:
The Grand Hotel porch
286 Grand Ave.
Mackinac Island

Brief:
Michigan is facing a gap in the number of skilled workers available to fill in-demand jobs in the state. A key factor in the gap is a lack of focus on training and education in fields where jobs currently exist and are being created.

Senate Bill 343 would require school districts and public school academies to provide students with the most recent available analysis of in-demand occupations for the forecast region in which the school or public school academy is located. SB 344 would allow a student to receive a STEM certification as an incentive for taking additional STEM courses.

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