13Mar Committee approves LaFave bill to give credit for high school internships The House Workforce and Talent Development Committee today unanimously approved legislation by state Rep. Beau LaFave, giving high school students the opportunity to earn course credit for completion of an internship or work study program.“Employers across the state need students with real-world experience. For far too long we have over-emphasized college readiness to the detriment of the skilled trades,” said LaFave, of Iron Mountain. “Many high school students start career development before they graduate. This program will encourage students to take advantage of opportunities in their own backyard because career exploration and on-the-job training is also part of education.”LaFave pointed out that his legislation will help fill the growing demand across Michigan for skilled trades professionals, giving students in the Upper Peninsula and across the state more education outside of the classroom.Current Michigan Department of Education guidelines allow work-based internships in grades 9-12. His legislation will streamline this process and cut unnecessary red tape and bureaucracy. 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 two-bill legislative package 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.During today’s committee testimony, LaFave shared letters of support from the Gladstone, Carney-Nadeau and Breitung Township school districts. Also supporting the legislation are the Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Association of School Administrators, Michigan Association of School Boards, Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals, and the Great Lakes Education Project.“Education does not begin and end in the classroom,” LaFave said. “This legislation puts students into a professional business environment where they can grow while learning practical, real-world experience. This tool will help students decide what they do or do not want to do for the rest of their lives.”House Bills 4106 and 5676 advance to the House for its consideration. Categories: LaFave News,News
Belgian cable operator Telenet and TV broadcasters RTL and VRT have acquired the TV rights to UEFA Champions League football for the 2012-15 seasons.Free-to-air broadcaster RTL has won the French-language rights to the best match in each kick-off slot every match week. RTL will show both live matches as well as a highlights programme each match week on Club RTL.Flemish-language broadcaster VRT will show live the best match of the week on its channel Canvas, while Telenet will broadcast a selection of matches each match night in both kick-off slots on its three Sporting Telenet-branded channels. Both VRT and Telenet will broadcast highlights programmes each match week in the Flemish language.“UEFA is delighted to continue its successful relationship with VRT in respect of the UEFA Europa League in Belgium and also to welcome each of RTL and Telenet in to the UEFA Europa League family of broadcasters. Each of the three broadcasters has significant experience of working on the UEFA club competitions and their extensive broadcast knowledge and strong programming commitments will ensure significant exposure of the competition across Belgium,” said UEFA.Current rightsholders AB3 and EXQI Sport will continue to distribute UEFA Europa League games.