In an unexpected move, the House voted on and passed MMA-opposed legislation that will eliminate the valuable WorkKeys® assessment and National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) from Michigan high schools. The House voted 85-24 in favor of the bill.
House Bill 4162 (Representative John Reilly, R-Oakland) would eliminate the WorkKeys® assessment that is provided to all Michigan students in 11th grade. The bill passed the House Education Committee in February and MMA had successfully kept the bill tied up in the House Ways & Means Committee since that time.
“WorkKeys® and the NCRC are critical tools for employers who are struggling with the lack of skilled talent,” said Delaney McKinley, MMA senior director of government affairs and membership. “Many Michigan manufacturers use the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum level NCRC certificates to better match an individual to the best opportunity within their company. Eliminating this portable, evidence-based credential will disadvantage Michigan students, further exacerbate Michigan’s talent gap and run contrary to legislative gains made in 2018 toward imparting stronger career skills in K-12 education.”
The bill will now move to the Senate for consideration. Help maintain this important talent tool — contact your legislator today and ask them to oppose HB 4162.
MMA will continue efforts to block the passage of HB 4162.