The Ohio House approved House Bill 107 this week, legislation authorizing grants for businesses that employ high school students in career exploration internships. Sponsored by Representative Nan Baker (R-Westlake), grants would be equal to 50 percent of the wages paid to the student intern, up to a maximum grant of $5,000 per year.
“The intent is to bring high school students and businesses together to explore a mutual interest in career opportunities,” said Baker during committee testimony. “It encourages students to seek places of employment that match their career interest and businesses to employ high school students to allow them to explore those interests,” she added.
The bill appropriates $1 million in fiscal year 2015 for the program, taking the funds from upfront casino licensing fees. The application period is limited to three years from the effective date of the legislation.
Under the proposed legislation, sole proprietorships, corporations, and pass-through entities would qualify for the new program managed by the Development Services Agency. The student must be eligible to attend school in Ohio and be between 16 and 18 years of age or enrolled in grade 11 or 12.
The legislation now awaits committee referral in the Senate.