03/22/2018–The state House Wednesday overwhelmingly approved legislation by state Rep. Beau LaFave, encouraging high school students to earn course credit through an internship or work study program.
LaFave says “We must allow career exploration and on-the-job training to become an acceptable part of education.”
Although current Michigan Department of Education guidelines allow work-based internships in grades 9-12, LaFave’s bill cuts through the administrative red tape to make it less prohibitive for students and school districts.
The legislation also sets guidelines that 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 internship may be paid or volunteer.
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.
The bills now go to the Senate.