U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, talks with Principal Kyle Fiebig at the Muskegon Career Tech Center on Tuesday.

MUSKEGON — U.S. Sen. Gary Peters met machining, automotive and graphic production students while touring the Career Tech Center in Muskegon on Tuesday.

Peters says he is a strong advocate for career and technical education, and is exploring new ways the federal government could be more supportive in preparing students for good-paying jobs. The Michigan Democrat said the federal government provides about $122 billion a year in direct financial assistance to students for post-high school education and less than $11 billion in funding to states to support career and technical education and workforce development.

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