February is Career and Technical Education Month in Michigan
State Rep. David Martin today led the Michigan House in adopting a resolution to declare February 2023 as Career and Technical Education Month in Michigan.
Martin, of Davison, said providing real-world training to students in Michigan schools sets young people up for success and ensures the state economy can remain competitive. More than 106,000 Michigan high school students enrolled in career and technical education programs during the 2021-22 school year.
“Career and technical education programs train students in the skills they need to land high-wage careers in high-demand fields,” Martin said. “Young people benefit by landing good jobs that don’t require the time and cost of a bachelor’s degree, and the state benefits from a skilled, sustainable workforce that attracts employers.”
More than 529,000 skilled trades job openings are projected in Michigan each year through 2028, with a current median wage of nearly $59,000 for skilled trade jobs that do not require a bachelor’s degree.
“Genesee County has a rich history, closely connected to the auto industry and the UAW – but that history is tied to auto workers who chose to unite together in the 1930s and stand up for their rights. The choice to join a union is the driving force behind the Right to Work law. When a worker sees the benefits of union membership and wants to join, they should. But no one should be forced to join a union so they can get a job. That’s not right.
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