'Yes for Kids' millage campaign to expand career training, tech courses kicks off

There's a new campaign offering kids a real-life glimpse into the workforce.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The Strong Schools, Strong Communities proposal on the May 2017 ballot has launched its official campaign 'Yes for Kids' on Wednesday.

The Strong Schools, Strong Communities proposal is a regional enhancement millage on the May 2, 2017 ballot. The proposal is intended to allow 20 local school districts expand career training and offer more technical courses that will expose students to the working world, prepare students for careers, and provide on-the-job training.

Additionally, it will give students living in lower-income households a strong start to their careers and a support system to keep them in school.

The Yes for Kids campaign kickoff happened Wednesday morning at the MOVE Systems building at Kenowa Hills Knights STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Academy on Northridge Drive in Walker. 

Community members, campaign supporters, school superintendents, teachers, parents and students were all in attendance, along with Grand Rapids Community College Vice President and Dean of School of Workforce Development Bill Pink; Grand Rapids Public Schools Board Member Maureen Slade; and DeWys Manufacturing CEO Jon DeWys to learn more about the proposal. 

Supporters say the Strong Schools, Strong Communities proposal will create a 'dedicated source' of funding to strengthen area schools. 

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April Stevens is a multi-platform producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email news@wzzm13.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.

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