Bill S7794-2013

Establishes the retrain and employ unemployed persons program

Establishes the retrain and employ unemployed persons program providing grants to community colleges to develop training programs or improve existing workforce development programs for the purposes of training unemployed individuals for jobs in the regions surrounding such community colleges.

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Actions

  • Jun 12, 2014: referred to higher education
  • Jun 12, 2014: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 12, 2014: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 11, 2014: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1363
  • Jun 11, 2014: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Jun 9, 2014: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

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BILL NUMBER:S7794

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to establishing the retrain and employ unemployed persons program

Purpose:

The purpose of this bill is to establish the retrain and employ unemployed persons program.

Summary of Provisions:

Section 1: Subdivision one of this bill sets forth definitions;

Subdivision 2. establishes the retrain and employ unemployed persons program which establishes a grant program for community colleges to develop or improve existing workforce development programs;

Subdivision 3. grants shall be awarded in the amount of $500,000 to community colleges that can demonstrate such programs will provide the requisite training required for job placement in businesses and industries within the region that lack the necessary workforce or that are seeking employees with new skills in an area where job openings currently exist or where job growth is anticipated in the near future;

Subdivision 4. To be eligible to receive grants, such community colleges shall partner with regional businesses or industries to determine areas of need and shall consult with the Department of Labor to target unemployed individuals who shall be given priority placement into such training programs;

Subdivision 5. Upon successful placement of participants, local businesses or industries shall provide 1/3 of the funding required to train employees;

Subdivision 6. Community colleges may seek to provide on-site training or may seek to have participants trained on job sites;

Subdivision 7. Successful completion of the program shall be signified by the receipt of a certificate of completion, however, training programs do not have to lead to degrees or official certifications provided by the Department of State or the State Education Department; Training programs may be as long or as short as necessary to provide competency for a particular need;

Subdivision 8. Community colleges shall be eligible to receive an additional $50,000 in any year that more than 50% of all program participants trained become employed;

Subdivision 9. SUNY and CUNY Boards of Trustees shall also consult with regional BOCES to develop or improve career training programs that may start as young as 7th or 8th grade, result in high school graduation and

community college enrollment earning degrees or entering training programs in an industry where job growth is anticipated. A portion of funding for the BOCES, community college, industry partnerships may be funding by the participating businesses.

Section two of this bill sets for the effective date.

Justification:

This bill would direct SUNY and CUNY community colleges to work with local business and industry to develop work force training programs that target the unemployed and provide the skills necessary for individuals to obtain jobs in their communities.

Furthermore, this bill would provide funding for the initial creation of this program and would provide incentive funding in future years for those community colleges that that successfully place trained individuals in jobs.

With New York's unemployment rate at 6.7%, programs such as this that can help put people back to work by providing new skills for individuals in areas where there is industry need and job availability are necessary for this state.

Legislative History:

New Bill

Fiscal Implications:

To be determined and pursuant to appropriation.

Effective Date:

This act shall take effect immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7794 IN SENATE June 9, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to establishing the retrain and employ unemployed persons program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 6303-b to read as follows: S 6303-B. RETRAIN AND EMPLOY UNEMPLOYED PERSONS PROGRAM. 1. DEFI- NITIONS. AS USED IN THIS SECTION THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS. (A) "GRANT PROGRAM" SHALL MEAN THE RETRAIN AND EMPLOY UNEMPLOYED PERSONS PROGRAM OR THE RE-UP NEW YORK PROGRAM. (B) "TRAINING PROGRAM OR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM" SHALL MEAN THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROGRAMS CREATED OR IMPROVED PURSUANT TO THE GRANT PROGRAM. (C) "BOCES" SHALL MEAN BOARDS OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES AS DEFINED IN ARTICLE FORTY OF THIS CHAPTER. 2. BY NO LATER THAN JULY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN THE STATE UNIVER- SITY BOARDS OF TRUSTEES AND THE CITY UNIVERSITY BOARDS OF TRUSTEES SHALL ESTABLISH A GRANT PROGRAM FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO DEVELOP TRAINING PROGRAMS OR IMPROVE EXISTING WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS FOR THE PURPOSES OF TRAINING UNEMPLOYED INDIVIDUALS FOR JOBS IN THE REGIONS SURROUNDING EACH COMMUNITY COLLEGES. 3. GRANTS SHALL BE AWARDED PURSUANT TO APPROPRIATION IN AN AMOUNT UP TO FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS TO COMMUNITY COLLEGES THAT CAN DEMON- STRATE THAT SUCH TRAINING PROGRAMS OR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS WILL PROVIDE THE REQUISITE TRAINING REQUIRED FOR JOB PLACEMENT IN BUSI- NESSES AND INDUSTRIES WITHIN THE REGION THAT LACK THE NECESSARY WORK- FORCE OR THAT ARE SEEKING EMPLOYEES WITH NEW SKILLS IN AN AREA WHERE JOB OPENINGS CURRENTLY EXIST OR WHERE JOB GROWTH IS ANTICIPATED IN THE NEAR FUTURE. 4. TO BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A GRANT, A COMMUNITY COLLEGE MUST ALSO DEMONSTRATE THAT SUCH COMMUNITY COLLEGE: (A) HAS PARTNERED WITH REGIONAL
BUSINESSES OR INDUSTRIES TO DETERMINE AREAS WHERE JOBS ARE AVAILABLE OR ARE ANTICIPATED TO BECOME AVAILABLE AND A SKILLED WORKFORCE IS NEEDED; AND (B) CONSULTS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TO TARGET UNEMPLOYED INDI- VIDUALS WHO SHALL BE GIVEN PRIORITY PLACEMENT INTO SUCH TRAINING PROGRAMS OR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS. 5. UPON SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT OF TRAINING PROGRAM OR WORKFORCE DEVELOP- MENT PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS, LOCAL BUSINESSES OR INDUSTRIES PARTNERING WITH COMMUNITY COLLEGES PURSUANT TO THIS GRANT PROGRAM SHALL REIMBURSE THE COMMUNITY COLLEGES FOR ONE-THIRD OF THE COST OF SUCH EMPLOYEE TRAIN- ING. 6. COMMUNITY COLLEGES MAY SEEK TO PROVIDE ON-SITE TRAINING OR MAY SEEK TO HAVE PARTICIPANTS TRAINED ON JOB SITES. 7. THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, IN CONSULTATION WITH LOCAL BUSINESS OR INDUSTRY, SHALL DETERMINE THE LENGTH OF SUCH TRAINING OR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, PROVIDED THAT SUCH PROGRAM SHALL PROVIDE COMPETENCY FOR A PARTICULAR BUSINESS OR INDUSTRY NEED. SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF SUCH PROGRAMS SHALL BE SIGNIFIED BY THE RECEIPT OF A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION, HOWEVER, TRAINING OR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS NEED NOT LEAD TO DEGREES OR OFFICIAL CERTIFICATIONS PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT OR THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE. 8. BEGINNING IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN AND THEREAFTER, PURSUANT TO APPROPRIATION AND BASED ON THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS, COMMUNITY COLLEGES SHALL BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE AN ADDITIONAL FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS IN ANY YEAR THAT MORE THAN FIFTY PERCENT OF ALL GRANT PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS TRAINED BECOME EMPLOYED. 9. SUNY AND CUNY BOARDS OF TRUSTEES SHALL ALSO CONSULT WITH REGIONAL BOCES TO DEVELOP OR IMPROVE CAREER TRAINING PROGRAMS THAT WILL PARTNER WITH COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND BUSINESS INDUSTRIES TO TRAIN MIDDLE SCHOOL OR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR A GRANT UNDER THIS SUBDIVISION, SUCH CAREER TRAINING PROGRAMS SHALL RESULT IN HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION AND ENROLLMENT IN A COMMUNITY COLLEGE OR PARTICIPATION IN A RE-UP NEW YORK TRAINING OR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. A PORTION OF THE FUNDING FOR THE BOCES, COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP MAY BE FUNDED BY THE PARTICIPATING BUSINESS OR INDUSTRY. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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