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SME Statement: Michigan Governor Snyder’s Proposed Vocational Education Budget Proposal

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SME responds to the inclusion of a $20 million competition grant in Michigan Governor Snyder’s 2018 budget, which would allow Michigan K-12 districts and regional intermediate school districts that offer career and technical education access to funding toward new resources, equipment and machinery.

A key element of the provision is that districts chosen will work with local employers to establish which skills and abilities are in the highest demand in an area’s workforce.

“Approval of the Governor’s plan is vital to the manufacturing industry, to STEM careers and to Michigan. Bringing regional manufacturers and local schools together has proven to be a successful model – for the educational institutions, the students and local companies. It builds the necessary pipeline to meet many needs,” said Jeff Krause, SME CEO. “We believe that such relationships result in the strongest curricula and most applicable hands-on training – which attracts and interests students and helps grow the skilled, qualified workforce so necessary to Michigan manufacturing.”

How would such a program work? One model is the SME Education Foundation’s Partnership Response In Manufacturing (PRIME®) initiative. Learn more here.

Jeff Krause discussed the budget proposal and SME's experiences and expertise with WJR (Detroit 760 AM) host Frank Beckmann on Febraruy 21, 2017. Hear the discussion here.



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