Lawmakers to discuss making it easier for high school students to pursue internships

Mar 11, 2018

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Michigan lawmakers this week will consider a bill that would make it easier for high school students to learn about careers they may want to pursue.

State Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, says his bill would give high school credit to students who complete an internship during their junior or senior years.

LaFave says his bill will cut through existing red tape that discourages high school students from exploring careers while still in school. 

“This is going to help I think with retention and graduation completion,” says LaFave.

LaFave also believes encouraging more high school students to take internships in the fields like welding and other skilled trades where there is currently a shortage of workers. 

HB 4106 goes before the House Workforce and Talent Development committee on Tuesday.