Welcome Cheboygan Students!
It was great having students down from the Cheboygan Area High School for Career & Technical Education Day at the Capitol.
These programs allow students to connect their academic learning with hands-on career development and technical skills that are designed to prepare them for careers in a number of different fields. Senator Wayne Schmidt supports bills to prepare students for success
Many high-paying and essential jobs in Michigan are in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math - the STEM fields. Yet many of these positions remain unfilled.
An increased focus on STEM education will better prepare our students for success in these highly skilled areas. I recently supported legislation that would allow a student to receive a STEM endorsement on his or her high school diploma and transcript by meeting additional requirements in science and math and taking coursework involving technology and engineering activities.
A STEM endorsement will set our students apart as they pursue their educational or career opportunities. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are projected to be more than 250,000 STEM-related jobs in the state in the next few years. Senate Bills 169 and 170 have been sent to the House for consideration. Congratulations Lady Saints!
The 2015 Michigan High School Athletic Association Class D state champion girls basketball team from St. Ignace La Salle High School recently visited the Capitol, and I was honored to present the team with a special tribute. In addition to being state champions on the court, this team also excelled in the classroom, earning academic all-state honors.
The Saints, who defeated Pittsford on March 21 at Michigan State University's Breslin Center, overcame a state-record-tying 20-point deficit to win 64-60, bringing home the state title to the Upper Peninsula.
I could not be more proud of this team and its accomplishment in winning the state championship. For high school athletes to display such an act of maturity to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds in a high-pressure situation with heart, determination and teamwork serves as an inspiration. It speaks to the character of them as individuals, their parents and coaches, and of the St. Ignace community. It's an honor to represent them in the state Senate and present them with a special tribute. Survivors Benefit - SB 218
The Senate recently approved a bill to provide health coverage for surviving spouses and dependents of public safety officers who die in the line of duty.
Providing health care coverage for spouses and children of officers who die in the line of duty is a small gesture of our appreciation for their sacrifice, and will hopefully provide a big help during a difficult time.
Under Senate Bill 218, the spouses and dependents of law enforcement officers, firefighters, rescue squad members, or ambulance crew members who lose their lives as a result of their duties on the job would be provided health care coverage comparable to those of retired state police officers.
The state Department of Technology, Management, and Budget's Office of Retirement Services would be responsible for determining and administering the health plans.
My bill now goes to the state House of Representatives for its consideration. There's an app for that!
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