Many young people want to work but they do not have the skills needed to get a job. There are jobs out there right now and many companies are being forced to hire people from out of state to fill these needs. Our school systems have students taking classes to prepare them for college because of legislated class requirements. Not all students are headed on a path to higher education. Many are not interested in college but are finding vocational/technical classes few and far between. How many students are going to utilize their one or two years of required foreign language?
This state needs skilled trades’ people to work in the agriculture industry. The Clare Gladwin RESD (not affiliated with Mid Michigan Community College) will be asking for taxpayers to pass a 1.5 millage over 5 years that will be proposed on the November ballot. I know what you’re thinking…”They raise the cost of gas, the cost of food, and now they want to raise my taxes.” Well I for one say it’s a great idea and I don’t even have any kids or grandkids in the State of Michigan. A large part of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) portion of the millage will go toward manufacturing and agriculture classes for 11th and 12th graders. I figured it out and my taxes would increase about $130 a year for the next five years. Don’t get me wrong, I hate paying taxes but I hate the thought of a kid not getting a useful education. Too many of our young people are leaving our area and our state in order to find work. Agriculture is the 2nd largest industry in Michigan and can offer plenty of employment if individuals are properly trained.
We don’t want young people leaving our state, our neighborhoods with vacant homes, or trying to sell our homes and properties at a loss because of the lack of employment in our state. Please vote to pass the millage in November. Consider it an investment in your child’s, grandchildren’s, or neighbor’s child’s future. What is the return on this investment? Individuals with a skilled trade that will help boost our state’s economy and fill a need that currently is severely lacking. There is a need out there…let’s help fill it.
If you would like more information on this issue contact Doniel Pummell Clare Public Schools Superintendent at 989-386-9945 or Sheryl Presler Clare Gladwin RESD Superintendent at 989-386-3851. You can also find information on the Clare Public Schools website www.clare.k12.mi.us/ and the Clare Gladwin RESD website at www.cgresd.net.
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