Helping Missouri students explore local career opportunities

Legislation that would help Missouri students explore careers opportunities in their communities continues to make progress in the General Assembly.

On April 12 a Senate Committee heard testimony on a bill that would allow Missouri school districts to give credit toward graduation when students pursue opportunities like internships, apprenticeships and other valuable out-of-the-classroom learning experiences.

House Bill 1856 is sponsored by Rep. Ben Baker, a Republican from Neosho.

“I think it will help our students get a more well-rounded understanding of the market of available careers and help businesses recruit talent.” Rep. Baker told the Senate Education Committee. “It will facilitate those positive relationships in the community.”

The idea is championed by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry and has earned broad support in Jefferson City this year.