Iden plan to expand internship opportunities becomes law

first_img Bill secures school funding while high school students get on-the-job training State Rep. Brandt Iden’s legislation to help increase professional skills opportunities for high school students in now law.Rep. Iden’s bill and its partner legislation allows students to participate in an off-campus internship or a work experience program for school credit.“Work and internship experience allows students to gain hands-on opportunities and develop valuable career skills,” said Iden, of Oshtemo Township. “This helps students to explore their future career goals and makes them more marketable upon graduation.”Michigan Department of Education guidelines allow work-based paid or volunteer internships in grades 9-12 with students working four to 10 hours a week. The two-bill package signed into law will help eliminate administrative red tape, giving a local school district’s board of education the authority to approve and oversee the program, to maintain student funding and to count the outside experience as credit toward graduation.“This is hugely beneficial to participating students, along with being an awesome opportunity for many of our local businesses,” Iden said. “Having workforce-ready graduates entering our community allows for greater job market participation, stronger business growth, and a higher level of success for these students.”Iden’s legislation is now Public Act 185 of 2018.##### Categories: Iden News,News 26Jun Iden plan to expand internship opportunities becomes lawlast_img read more