- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Middle school students would receive information about in-demand jobs in skilled trades and other industries under legislation advancing in Michigan.

The state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to require schools to give seventh- or eighth-graders the most recent analysis of in-demand occupations in their region as part of a mandatory educational development plan that students already review.

Another measure approved unanimously Wednesday would let students earn a STEM endorsement for completing certain coursework above and beyond graduation requirements. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Supporters say the two bills would help Michigan address a shortage of qualified workers in skilled trades, manufacturing and other fields. The legislation goes to the House for consideration next.

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Senate Bill 343: http://bit.ly/2rLFx5q

Senate Bill 344: http://bit.ly/2sgfdDc

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