Horn announces new initiative to give students a head start
Michigan students would receive even more tools to explore, receive training and land one of the state’s thousands of good jobs available now and into the future under legislation Sen. Peter MacGregor and I recently introduced in the state Senate.
Senate Bills 684
, if adopted, would modernize educational development plans, school improvement plans and create talent portfolios that students, counselors and parents can use while planning a student’s educational future, as well as exploring potential career pathways.
These bills are the result of several years of work and I’m proud to be a part of yet another step in getting students the resources they need to make sound career choices. We want to give students the chance to explore every opportunity available to them. These talent portfolios will be something students can reference while planning for college or looking to land a job after they receive their degree. 2017 Excellence in Education Award
I am proud to have recently been awarded the 2017 Excellence in Education Award by AT&T, the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning and Michigan Virtual Student Technology.
I have long been an advocate of utilizing technology to benefit Michigan’s students. Technology has made incredible advancements in recent years and we now have access to things I never would have imagined in my wildest dreams. These newly available resources not only help students with learning and their schoolwork, but also help prepare them for college and prospective careers.
The most important work we do at the Capitol is focused on improving the lives of Michigan kids. I'm humbled by this honor and enjoyed exploring the showcase and visiting the display from 2nd graders at List Elementary School. MI Student Aid offers scholarship search
Many high school students and their parents are looking for ways to help pay for a college education. The Department of Treasury’s MI Student Aid program provides a scholarship search tool that connects students with thousands of possible scholarship opportunities throughout the state. Students or their families can complete and submit a brief online survey at www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid
. Service representatives will search for Michigan scholarships and email a detailed report within a week. Along with Michigan place-based scholarships, the program connects students to Michigan college and national scholarship opportunities. Horn supports new law strengthening high school career counseling
Many students and their parents are unaware of the trends in today’s changing job market and college selection process. That’s why it is important to ensure high school guidance counselors are better able to assist students with information on their college and career opportunities after leaving high school.
I supported and sponsored the Senate version of a new law that requires high school counselors to dedicate 50 hours of their required 150 hours of professional development to college preparation and career counseling, including careers in the skilled trades, as well as technical and military careers. Public Act 151 of 2017 (House Bill 4181) will apply to school counselors renewing their credentials two years after the effective date of January 2018. Travel guide showcases Michigan winter
The Pure Michigan Winter Travel Guide highlights great cold weather fun in our state, including skiing and snowmobiling, even dog sledding! The publication also includes a guide to indoor culinary and entertainment destinations and a winter events calendar. Access the digital edition at www.michigan.org
or contact my office for a free print copy.