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Bipartisan legislation to help prepare students for future employment passes House Committee on Science, Space and Technology

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Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), chief deputy whip of the House Democratic Caucus and member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, today, had his bipartisan legislation advance to the expand access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education across America. Kildee, along with members of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, voted unanimously to advance this legislation. Kildee previously introduced this legislation with Rep. Peter Meijer (MI-03).

The Advanced Technological Manufacturing Act helps support and prepare students at community colleges for jobs in STEM fields by:

• Updating the Scientific and Advanced-Technology Act of 1992 to create more STEM education opportunities.
• Directing the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create a pilot program to help postsecondary schools successfully compete for NSF grants.

“I thank the Science, Space and Technology Committee for advancing this bipartisan legislation to train more workers in the STEM field, which will help grow our economy,” Kildee said. “Some form of postsecondary education is increasingly necessary to secure employment in the twenty-first century economy, and this bill will help Michigan community colleges receive federal grants to ensure that students are prepared for tomorrow’s jobs. I look forward to consideration of this bill by the full House of Representatives.”

Since coming to Congress, Kildee has prioritized investing in and expanding workforce training programs. In 2014, he introduced the 21st Century Manufacturing Skills and Jobs Act, which would build on and expand Michigan’s successful New Jobs Training Program, enabling community colleges and local businesses to provide workforce training for workers for new manufacturing jobs. During the 117th Congress, Congressman Kildee helped pass the National Apprenticeship Act in the U.S. House of Representatives, which would invest in and expand access to registered apprenticeships. Also during the 117th Congress, he introduced the Technical Assistance for Health Grants Act, which invests in workforce training programs to expand access to good-paying jobs in the health care field in Michigan.

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