senate Bill S361

2011-2012 Legislative Session

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

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Mar 27, 2012 reported and committed to finance
Jan 04, 2012 referred to energy and telecommunications
Apr 12, 2011 reported and committed to finance
Jan 05, 2011 referred to energy and telecommunications

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Mar 27, 2012 - Energy and Telecommunications committee Vote

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Energy and Telecommunications Committee Vote: Mar 27, 2012

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Apr 12, 2011 - Energy and Telecommunications committee Vote

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Energy and Telecommunications Committee Vote: Apr 12, 2011

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S361 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5214
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง209-u, Exec L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S408, A8869

S361 - Bill Texts

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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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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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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                   361

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (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.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01919-01-1

S. 361                              2

  (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;

S. 361                              3

  (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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