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Bill S2293A-2009

Creates the technology employment community hub (TECH) centers program to award grants to community colleges for skills training

Creates the technology employment community hub (TECH) centers program to award grants of up to $100,000 to community colleges to upgrade their educational, occupational, and training services including their facilities, labs, and high technology equipment.

Details

Actions

  • Mar 9, 2010: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Mar 2, 2010: PRINT NUMBER 2293A
  • Mar 2, 2010: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO COMMERCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SMALL BUSINESS
  • Jan 6, 2010: REFERRED TO COMMERCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SMALL BUSINESS
  • May 5, 2009: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Feb 17, 2009: REFERRED TO COMMERCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SMALL BUSINESS

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business - Mar 9, 2010
Ayes (8): Stachowski, Hassell-Thompson, Parker, Stewart-Cousins, Aubertine, Espada, Foley, Volker
Ayes W/R (3): Alesi, Robach, Griffo
Excused (1): Fuschillo

Memo

 BILL NUMBER:  S2293A       REVISED 03/02/10

TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the public authorities law, in relation to creating the technology employment community hub (TECH) centers program

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL : The purpose of this legislation is to create the Technology Employment community Hub Center (TECH) Program.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS : This bill would:

* Create the Technology Employment Community Hub Centers (TECH) Program, funded by the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology, and Innovation (Foundation); Establish that funding for such centers will come from appropriations made available to the Foundation for such purpose, or from appropriations for the research development program;

* Provide that such funding would be made available for the purpose of reconstructing, rehabilitating or improving existing laboratory facilities, including equipment, for institutions providing targeted educational, occupational or training services for those who are wishing to become more marketable to the workforce; and

* Authorize grants of up to $100,000 to be awarded on a competitive basis to community colleges responding to requests for proposals for such funding.

* The executive director shall submit to the governor, the speaker of the assembly and the temporary president of the senate a report on the program by the first of September, two thousand twelve and annually thereafter.

JUSTIFICATION : The legislature finds that significant employment opportunities exist in growing fields where complex technologies require advanced skills. Access to modern, efficient facilities and equipment will provide students with the ability to learn about, develop, and apply new technologies. Having access to these modern facilities and equipment will provide students with the knowledge and skill required foremployment in the ever-expanding high technology sector or in other sectors of the economy, including manufacturing and service, which utilize advanced, high-technology-related processes. The legislature finds that it is proper and essential for the state to support efforts that will provide students with updated and modern facilities and equipment where skills can be learned in a setting that best matches the workplaces for which students are being prepared. The legislature also finds and declares that a well-trained and skilled workforce will attract businesses seeking to enhance production, modernize or expand as well as start-up or relocate to New York State.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : New bill in Senate.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE : Immediately.

Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2293--A 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 17, 2009 ___________
Introduced by Sen. STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Commerce, Economic Devel- opment and Small Business -- recommitted to the Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to creating the technology employment community hub (TECH) centers program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds that significant employment opportunities exist in growing fields where complex technologies require advanced skills. Access to modern, effi- cient facilities and equipment will provide students with the ability to learn about, develop and apply new technologies. Having access to these modern facilities and equipment will provide students with the knowledge and skill required for employment in the ever-expanding high-technology sector or in other sectors of the economy, including manufacturing and service, that utilize advanced, high-technology-related processes. The legislature finds that it is proper and essential for the state to support efforts that will provide students with updated and modern facilities and equipment where skills can be learned in a setting that best matches the workplaces for which the students are being prepared. The legislature also finds and declares that a well-trained and skilled workforce will attract businesses seeking to enhance production, modern- ize or expand as well as start up or relocate to New York state. The legislature hereby authorizes the creation of the technology employment community hub (TECH) centers program. S 2. The public authorities law is amended by adding a new section 3154-a to read as follows:
S 3154-A. TECHNOLOGY EMPLOYMENT COMMUNITY HUB (TECH) CENTERS PROGRAM. 1. A TECHNOLOGY EMPLOYMENT COMMUNITY HUB (TECH) CENTERS PROGRAM (HERE- AFTER REFERRED TO AS TECH) IS HEREBY CREATED. 2. THE FOUNDATION SHALL, FROM APPROPRIATIONS MADE AVAILABLE FOR THIS PURPOSE OR FROM APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM AUTHORIZED UNDER SECTION TWO HUNDRED NINE-P OF THE EXECUTIVE LAW, AWARD GRANTS OF UP TO ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS TO COMMUNITY COLLEGES FOR RECONSTRUCTING, REHABILITATING OR IMPROVING EXISTING LABORATORY FACILI- TIES AND FOR ACQUISITION OR UPGRADES OF EQUIPMENT NECESSARY TO PROVIDE TARGETED EDUCATIONAL, OCCUPATIONAL OR TRAINING SERVICES TO STUDENTS SEEKING ASSOCIATE DEGREES OR WORKERS SEEKING OCCUPATION-SPECIFIC TRAIN- ING IN ORDER TO OBTAIN OR RETAIN EMPLOYMENT AND FOR COSTS INCURRED BY THE INSTITUTION FOR SALARIES AND BENEFITS OF FACULTY DIRECTLY ENGAGED IN RELEVANT EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION. SUCH GRANTS SHALL BE AWARDED ON A COMPETITIVE BASIS TO COMMUNITY COLLEGES RESPONDING TO REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS ISSUED BY THE OFFICE. 3. APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS AUTHORIZED UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL DESCRIBE THE GRANT PROGRAM ACTIVITIES AND SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING: (A) DEMONSTRATION OF NEED IN THE REGION FOR SKILLED WORKERS IN THE HIGH-TECHNOLOGY FIELDS; (B) EVIDENCE OF ANY COLLABORATION WITH A NEW YORK STATE FOUR-YEAR INSTITUTION OR NEW YORK STATE BUSINESS INCLUDING, (I) A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE SKILL NEEDS OF THE INSTITUTION OR BUSINESS; (II) A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF EQUIPMENT AND OTHER TRAINING RESOURCES REQUIRED; (C) A DETAILED BUDGET INCLUDING COSTS TO RECONSTRUCT, REHABILITATE OR IMPROVE EXISTING LABORATORY FACILITIES, INCLUDING EQUIPMENT; (D) A DESCRIPTION OF MATCHING FUNDS THAT MAY INCLUDE CASH OR IN-KIND SERVICES FROM FEDERAL OR PRIVATE SOURCES; AND (E) SALARIES AND BENEFITS OF FACULTY DIRECTLY ENGAGED IN RELEVANT EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATIONAL AND TRAINING ACTIVITIES PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION. 4. THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SHALL SUBMIT TO THE GOVERNOR, THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, AND THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE A REPORT ON THE PROGRAM BY THE FIRST OF SEPTEMBER, TWO THOUSAND TWELVE AND ANNUALLY THEREAFTER. SUCH REPORT SHALL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING FOR EACH RECIPIENT UNDER THE PROGRAM: (A) THE NAMES OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES RECEIVING AWARDS; (B) THE AMOUNTS OF EACH AWARD AND MATCHING FUNDS; (C) A DESCRIPTION OF EQUIPMENT PURCHASES AND FACILITY UPGRADES; (D) THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS OR WORKERS PARTICIPATING IN TRAINING ENABLED BY THE PROGRAM; (E) EMPLOYMENT OR OTHER OUTCOMES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, JOB RETENTION, ENABLED BY THE AWARD; AND (F) ANY OTHER INFORMATION DEEMED APPROPRIATE BY THE EXECUTIVE DIREC- TOR. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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