22Mar Rep. Roberts’ career counseling bill approved unanimously by committee Categories: News,Roberts News State Rep. Brett Roberts’ legislation to give students better access to college and career counseling was approved unanimously by the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee.His bill will ensure that counselors complete professional development instruction, specifically in the areas of career technical education and college preparation.“Counselors working with high school students should have all of the tools they need to guide students to post-graduation opportunities,” said Roberts, of Charlotte. “This counseling will include showing students all of their possible career paths, whether it includes college or not. Students and the families rely on this information to decide what classes to take and what opportunities to pursue after high school.”Currently, school counselors are required to get 150 hours of professional development over five years to remain certified by the state. His legislation does not call for an increase on those standards, but makes sure at least 25 hours are for career technical education and 25 hours are for college preparation.During testimony in mid-March, the committee heard comments in support of the legislation from current high school counselors and a manufacturing/pre-engineering education and training facility. Today’s vote was supported by the Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Home Builders Association, Michigan Association of College Admissions Counseling, and multiple local and intermediate districts.“This bill will help our counselors know what choices exist for each individual student,” Roberts said. “The goal of every high school is to educate and prepare students for life after graduation. This will give students a better chance to know what their opportunities will be.”House Bill 4181 will advance to the House floor.#####
Cisco’s struggling service provider video business provided the only significant drag on otherwise solid full-year and fourth quarter results, with the video business delivering quarterly revenues of US$994 million (€894 million), down 7% and full-year sales of US$3.555 billion, down 10%. Cisco as a whole turned in full-year revenues of US$49.161 billion, up 4%.The final fiscal quarter to June saw Cisco sell its video devices business to Technicolor for US$600 million in cash and stock.In an analyst call following the results, chief financial officer Kelly Kramer said that the company had achieved Q4 revenue growth “in every product area except service provider video” and reiterated that the company would refocus its video unit around cloud and software-based services following the sale of the set-top and gateway business to Technicolor. She said that Cisco expected the Technicolor deal to close at the end of this calendar year.