senate Bill S7794

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes the retrain and employ unemployed persons program

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Jun 12, 2014 referred to higher education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jun 11, 2014 ordered to third reading cal.1363
committee discharged and committed to rules
Jun 09, 2014 referred to higher education

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S7794 - Bill Details

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Education Law
Laws Affected:
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S7794 - Bill Texts

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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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BILL NUMBER:S7794

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

Purpose:

The purpose of this bill is to establish the retrain and employ unem-
ployed 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 indus-
tries within the region that lack the necessary workforce or that are
seeking employees with new skills in an area where job openings current-
ly 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 unem-
ployed individuals who shall be given priority placement into such
training programs;

Subdivision 5. Upon successful placement of participants, local busi-
nesses 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 addi-
tional $50,000 in any year that more than 50% of all program partic-
ipants 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 individ-
uals 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.

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

                                  7794

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15537-01-4

S. 7794                             2

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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