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Rep. Frederick Votes to Expand Education With Internships

House approves plan to give high school students credit for work-study programs

Posted by Uplift Shiawassee at 10:37pm 3/21/18

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State Rep. Ben Frederick today voted to expand skilled trades and professional development opportunities for high school students by allowing course credit with completion of an internship or work study co-op program.

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“An internship adds real-world experience for college students, so it makes sense to once again encourage these opportunities in our high schools,” said Frederick, of Owosso. “This plan opens another door to our state’s future for developing professional skills, not waiting until college or entering a vocational program. We have to continue encouraging career exploration and on-the-job training as an important experience within education.”
Frederick, as chair of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee, approved the two-bill package through the committee. He called the plan necessary for job creators and students, noting increasing demand for young professionals with specialized skills. Current Michigan Department of Education guidelines allow work-based internships in grades 9-12. Students can work four to 10 hours a week and, with the local district board of education’s oversight, will receive credit for graduation.
The legislation also safeguards funding for school districts, allowing students participating in an internship or a work experience program off campus to continue to qualify as a full-time student.
“Education is a lifelong experience and does not end in the classroom,” Frederick said. “Many students find the hands-on and immersive career environment extremely helpful. We’re ensuring that students develop skills for life after high school.”
House Bills 4106 and 5676 advance to the Senate for its consideration.

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