DETROIT — U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. has plans to visit Michigan on Friday to discuss the importance of exposing students to manufacturing careers and to put more focus on school-based health programs.

His first stop in Warren will include a discussion with student apprentices at manufacturing company Proper Tooling’s plastic-injection molding facility, the Detroit Free Press ( ) reported. The visits coincide with Manufacturing Day, an annual celebration of modern manufacturing.

“The goal is really to highlight Manufacturing Day and efforts around the country to make sure that students are exposed to a full range of careers,” King told the newspaper.

According to King, students need to receive a better explanation of what it means to be a manufacturer.

“What we’re seeing around the country is that oftentimes, kids’ perception of what a manufacturing job will be like is outdated. Students don’t realize the role that technology, for example, plays in manufacturing today,” he said.

King also is scheduled to host a conversation about school-based health services at Northwestern High School in Flint.

But his first visit to Michigan doesn’t include a stop in Detroit, which has a troubled school system. King said is concerned about the district’s low academic performance, an increase in poor-performing charter schools and potential school closures without clear plans for quality alternatives for students.

Information from: Detroit Free Press,

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