Bill S361-2011

Authorizes the New York state foundation for science, technology and innovation to establish a high-tech employment and training program

Authorizes the New York state office of science, technology and academic research to establish a high-tech employment and training program; the office is to provide assistance to those entities deemed eligible for training and re-training of employed and unemployed workers who lack technology skills.

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  • Mar 27, 2012: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • Apr 12, 2011: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 5, 2011: REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Meetings

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Energy and Telecommunications - Apr 12, 2011
Ayes (6): Maziarz, Griffo, Ritchie, Robach, Parker, Kennedy
Ayes W/R (5): Alesi, Fuschillo, O'Mara, Adams, Gianaris
Excused (1): Kruger
VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Energy and Telecommunications - Mar 27, 2012
Ayes (6): Maziarz, Alesi, Fuschillo, Ritchie, Robach, Kennedy
Ayes W/R (5): Griffo, O'Mara, Adams, Gianaris, Dilan
Nays (1): Parker

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S361

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to establishing a high-tech employment and training program within the New York state foundation for science, technology and innovation

PURPOSE: The bill establishes the high-tech employment and training program within NYSTAR to provide funding for projects to support industry and firm-specific training for firms in high-tech industries that are characterized by businesses which are developing or offering a technology-based product or service and which are actively conducting research and development design to develop or improve such product or service.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill requires that the Director of the Science and Technology Foundation develop an annual plan to implement training in cooperation with other entities such as regional and local economic development agencies, centers for advanced technology, and institutions of higher education. Grants may be used to develop occupation-specific training and retraining for employed and unemployed workers; to fund projects that use alternative methods of instruction such as distance learning and computer-based training to reach employees in small high-tech firms; and for projects to increase enrollments and retention of minority and women students at both the secondary and post-secondary level interested in careers in high-tech occupational clusters. Public and private higher education institutions are eligible to apply for assistance under this program and may use funds for curriculum development, instruction, and costs associated with development and implementation of technologies and software.

JUSTIFICATION: The introduction of new technologies in business and industry necessitates a system of training that is responsive to constantly changing skills requirements, and technology has changed the manner in which such training can be provided within a firm. Because the cost of developing such training can be prohibitive, resulting in limited access to such applications, the state should support the effort.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2001-2002: S.5537 - Referred to Energy and Telecommunications 2003-2004: S.1205 - Referred to Energy and Telecommunications 2007-2008: S.2004 - Passed the Senate 2009-2010: S.408 - Referred to Energy and Telecommunications

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the 1st of September next succeeding the date on which it shall have become law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 361 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. ROBACH -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Telecommuni- cations AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to establishing a high- tech employment and training program within the New York state founda- tion for science, technology and innovation THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings and declaration. The legislature here- by finds and declares that an appropriately skilled workforce is neces- sary to ensure the creation and growth of high technology businesses in New York. The introduction of new technologies in business and industry is an ongoing, dynamic process which necessitates a system of training and education that is responsive to constantly changing skill require- ments. Further, the legislature finds that technology has also changed the manner in which training and education can be provided within a firm. While the use of sophisticated computer based training is not new, the cost of development of such applications results in limited access. Using technology to create a more effective and cost efficient delivery system for training and education services for firms in the state is critical to foster the young, developing high-tech sector in the state of New York. S 2. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 209-u to read as follows: S 209-U. HIGH-TECH EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING PROGRAM. 1. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION: (A) "OFFICE" SHALL MEAN THE NEW YORK STATE FOUNDATION FOR SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION.
(B) "HIGH-TECH INDUSTRY" SHALL MEAN THOSE INDUSTRIES WITH AN ABOVE AVERAGE PERCENTAGE OF SCIENTIFIC, TECHNICAL, AND ENGINEERING PERSONNEL AND THAT ARE INVOLVED IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND MANUFACTURE OF INNOVATIVE AND NON-ROUTINE PRODUCTS SUCH AS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT, AND SMALL-VOLUME PRODUCTION OF NEW AND CHANGING PRODUCTS. THE INDUSTRY IS CHARACTERIZED BY BUSINESSES WHICH ARE DEVELOPING OR OFFERING A TECHNOLOGY-BASED PRODUCT OR SERVICE, AND WHICH ARE ACTIVELY CONDUCTING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT DESIGNED TO DEVELOP OR IMPROVE SUCH PRODUCT OR SERVICE. (C) "ELIGIBLE ENTITIES" SHALL MEAN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION INCLUDING THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AND THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK. 2. THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED WITHIN THE OFFICE A HIGH-TECH TRAINING INITIATIVE (HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS "THE PROGRAM") TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR PROJECTS TO SUPPORT INDUSTRY AND FIRM-SPECIFIC TRAINING FOR BUSI- NESSES IN HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES. 3. THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE SHALL: (A) DEVELOP AN ANNUAL PLAN COMPATIBLE WITH THE OBJECTIVES OF THE STRA- TEGIC TRAINING ALLIANCE PROGRAM PURSUANT TO SECTION SIXTEEN-J OF THE URBAN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ACT FOR THE PURPOSE OF IMPLEMENTING TRAIN- ING INITIATIVES UNDER THE PROGRAM IN COOPERATION WITH REGIONAL AND LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES, CENTERS FOR ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY, THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR AND ECONOMIC DEVEL- OPMENT, INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION INCLUDING THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AND THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, AND THE URBAN DEVELOP- MENT CORPORATION. THE PLAN SHALL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING: (I) A STATEMENT OF PROGRAM GOALS AND OBJECTIVES; (II) A DESCRIPTION OF THE PROCESS THROUGH WHICH PROJECTS WILL BE IDEN- TIFIED; (III) SPECIFICATION OF CRITERIA TO BE USED TO EVALUATE PROJECT APPLI- CATIONS; (IV) IDENTIFICATION OF MEASURABLE OUTCOMES SUCH AS THE NUMBER OF INDI- VIDUALS TRAINED, JOBS CREATED OR RETAINED, AND OTHER OBJECTIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM; AND (V) SPECIFICATION OF A MATCHING REQUIREMENT, EITHER CASH, IN-KIND, OR BOTH, WHICH SHALL NOT BE LESS THAN HALF THE AMOUNT OF THE GRANT REQUEST. (B) COORDINATE WITH THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, AND OTHER PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION AS NEEDED TO CARRY OUT THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION; AND (C) PROMOTE THE AWARENESS OF THE PROGRAM AND OTHER HIGH-TECH INITI- ATIVES AMONG BUSINESSES, BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS, AND REGIONAL AND LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES. 4. THE OFFICE SHALL PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO ELIGIBLE ENTITIES FOR PURPOSES INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF: (A) PROJECTS FOR OCCUPATION SPECIFIC TRAINING AND RETRAINING FOR EMPLOYED OR UNEMPLOYED WORKERS IN SKILLS REPRESENTED IN HIGH-TECH INDUS- TRIES; (B) PROJECTS TO TRAIN EMPLOYEES IN SMALL HIGH-TECH FIRMS USING ALTER- NATIVE METHODS OF INSTRUCTION SUCH AS DISTANCE LEARNING; (C) COMPUTER-BASED TRAINING PROGRAMS USING MULTIMEDIA AND INTERACTIVE PROGRAMMING INCLUDING (I) GRANTS TO INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT SUCH PROGRAMS; AND (II) FUNDING SUPPORT FOR BUSI- NESSES TO ACQUIRE ACCESS TO SUCH PROGRAMS;
(D) PROGRAMS OF APPLIED LEARNING AT THE SECONDARY LEVEL OPERATED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH AN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION INCLUDING WORK-PREP ACTIVITY PURSUANT TO SECTION THIRTY-SIX HUNDRED TWO-D OF THE EDUCATION LAW, SCHOOL-TO-WORK, AND OTHER DEMONSTRATION PROGRAMS TO INCREASE THE AWARENESS OF YOUTH OF CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOG- ICAL FIELDS; AND (E) INNOVATIVE PROJECTS TO INCREASE THE QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF GRADU- ATES FROM POST-SECONDARY PROGRAMS WHO ARE SEEKING EMPLOYMENT IN HIGH TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIES INCLUDING PROJECTS DIRECTED AT INCREASING ENROLL- MENTS AND RETENTION OF MINORITY AND WOMEN STUDENTS INTERESTED IN CAREERS IN HIGH TECHNOLOGY OCCUPATIONAL CLUSTERS. 5. APPLICATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL INCLUDE A DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT TO BE FUNDED INCLUDING, AS APPROPRIATE, DETAILED INFORMATION ON: (A) THE TYPE OF SKILLS TRAINING OR EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY THAT WILL BE PROVIDED; (B) THE TECHNOLOGIES TO BE USED TO DELIVER TRAINING; (C) STRATEGIES TO DISSEMINATE THE TRAINING AND THE TRAINING TECHNOLOGY AMONG FIRMS; (D) THE ECONOMIC BENEFIT OF THE PROJECT INCLUDING JOB CREATION AND RETENTION; (E) IDENTIFICATION OF RESOURCES THAT WILL BE USED TO SUPPORT THE PROJECT BEYOND THE PERIOD OF THE INITIAL GRANT; AND (F) THE AMOUNT OF ANY CASH OR IN-KIND MATCH USED TO SUPPORT THE PROJECT. 6. ALLOWABLE EXPENSES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO CURRICULUM DEVEL- OPMENT, INSTRUCTION, AND COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF TECHNOLOGIES AND SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS TO IMPROVE THE DELIVERY OF TRAINING TO EMPLOYEES OF SMALL HIGH TECHNOLOGY BUSINESSES AND EDUCATIONAL SERVICES TO STUDENTS WHO MAY SEEK EMPLOYMENT IN HIGH TECHNOLOGY BUSINESSES. 7. ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN AND ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER FIRST EACH YEAR THEREAFTER, THE OFFICE SHALL SUBMIT TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE A REPORT REGARDING THE STATUS OF THE PROGRAM. SUCH REPORT SHALL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO: (A) A LIST OF CONTRACTS, GRANTS, OR AWARDS ISSUED TO ELIGIBLE ENTITIES AND THE AMOUNT, PURPOSE, AND OBJECTIVE OF EACH CONTRACT, GRANT, OR AWARD; (B) THE NAMES OF FIRMS SERVED THROUGH THE PROGRAM INCLUDING A DESCRIPTION OF EACH FIRM; (C) DESCRIPTIONS OF THE CURRICULAR MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGIES DEVEL- OPED AND IMPLEMENTED TO SUPPORT TRAINING IN SUCH FIRMS; AND (D) AN ASSESSMENT OF THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES IDENTIFIED IN THE ANNUAL PLAN REQUIRED PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (A) OF SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION HAVE BEEN REACHED. S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of September next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

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