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SF 2614

as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 04/27/2016 08:25am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to higher education; workforce development; clarifying the dual training
grant program; amending Minnesota Statutes 2015 Supplement, sections
136A.246; 175.45, subdivision 1.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2015 Supplement, section 136A.246, is amended to read:


136A.246 DUAL TRAINING COMPETENCY GRANTS.

Subdivision 1.

Program created.

The commissioner shall make grants for the
training of employees to achieve the competency standard for an occupation identified by
the commissioner of labor and industry under section 175.45 and Laws 2014, chapter 312,
article 3, section 21. "Competency standard" has the meaning given in section 175.45,
subdivision 2.new text begin An individual must, no later than the commencement of the training, be an
employee of the employer seeking a grant to train that individual.
new text end

Subd. 2.

Eligible grantees.

An employer or an organization representing the
employer is eligible to apply for a grant to train employees if the employer has an
employee who is in or is to be trained to be in an occupation for which a competency
standard has been identified and the employee has not attained the competency standard
prior to the commencement of the planned training. Training need not address all aspects
of a competency standard but may address only the competencies of a standard that an
employee is lacking. deleted text beginEmployees who have previously received a grant under this program
are not eligible to receive another grant.
deleted text endnew text begin An employee must receive an industry-recognized
degree, certificate, or credential upon successful completion of the training.
new text end

Subd. 3.

Training institution or program.

deleted text beginPrior to applying for a grant,deleted text end The
employer must have an agreement with a training institution or program to provide the
employee competency standard trainingnew text begin prior to the grant awardnew text end. The training may
be provided by any institution or program having trainers qualified to instruct on the
competency standard. new text beginThe Office of Higher Education and the Department of Labor and
Industry must cooperate in maintaining an inventory of degree, certificate, and credential
programs that provide training to meet competency standards. The inventory must be
posted on each agency's Web site with contact information for each program by September
1, 2016. The postings must be updated periodically.
new text end

Subd. 4.

Application.

Applications must be made to the commissioner on a form
provided by the commissioner. The commissioner must, to the extent possible, make
the application form as short and simple to complete as is reasonably possible. The
commissioner shall establish a schedule for applications and grants. The application
must include, without limitation:

(1) the projected number of employee trainees;

new text begin (2) the number of projected employee trainees who graduated from high school or
passed the GED test in the current or immediately preceding calendar year;
new text end

deleted text begin (2)deleted text endnew text begin (3)new text end the competency standard for which training will be provided;

deleted text begin (3) anydeleted text end new text begin(4) the new text endcredential the employee will receive upon completion of training;

deleted text begin (4)deleted text end new text begin(5) new text endthe name and address of the training institution or program and a signed
statement by the institution or program that it is able and agrees to provide the training;

deleted text begin (5)deleted text endnew text begin (6)new text end the period of the training; and

deleted text begin (6)deleted text endnew text begin (7)new text end the cost of the training charged by the training institution or program and
certified by the institution or program.new text begin The cost of training includes tuition, fees, and
required books and materials.
new text end

An application may be made for training of employees of multiple employers either
by the employers or by an organization on their behalf.

Subd. 5.

Grant criteria.

new text begin (a) Except as provided in this subdivision, the commissioner
shall award grants to employers solely for training employees who graduated from high
school or passed GED tests in the current or immediately preceding calendar year.
new text end

new text begin (b) If there are not sufficient eligible applications satisfying paragraph (a), the
commissioner may award grants to applicants to train employees who do not meet the
requirements of paragraph (a).
new text end

new text begin (c) new text endThe commissioner shall, to the extent deleted text beginthere are sufficient applicationsdeleted text endnew text begin possible
after complying with paragraph (a)
new text end, make at least an new text beginapproximately new text endequal dollar amount
of grants for training for employees whose work site is projected to be outside the
metropolitan area as defined in section 473.121, subdivision 2, as for employees whose
work site is projected to be within the metropolitan area.

new text begin (d)new text end In determining the award of grants, the commissioner must consider, among
other factors:

(1) the aggregate state and regional need for employees with the competency to
be trained;

(2) the competency standards developed by the commissioner of labor and industry
as part of the Minnesota PIPELINE Project;

(3) the per employee cost of training;

(4) the additional employment opportunities for employees because of the training;

(5) new text beginthe on-the-job training the employee receives;
new text end

new text begin (6) new text endprojected increases in compensation for employees receiving the training; and

deleted text begin (6)deleted text end new text begin(7) new text endthe amount of employer training cost match, if required, on both a per
employee and aggregate basis.

Subd. 6.

Employer match.

A large employer must pay for at least 25 percent of
the training institution's or program's charge for the training to the training institution or
program. For the purpose of this subdivision, a "large employer" means a business with
more than $25,000,000 in annual revenue in the previous calendar year.

Subd. 7.

Payment of grant.

deleted text begin The commissioner shall make grant payments to the
training institution or program in a manner determined by the commissioner after receiving
notice from the institution or program that the employer has paid the employer match.
deleted text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner shall pay the grant to the employer after the employer
presents satisfactory evidence to the commissioner that the employer has paid the training
institution or program.
new text end

new text begin (b) If an employer demonstrates that it is not able to pay for the training in advance,
the commissioner shall make grant payments directly to the training institution or program.
new text end

Subd. 8.

Grant amounts.

new text begin(a) new text endThe maximum grant for an application is $150,000.
deleted text beginThe maximum cost of training payable by thedeleted text endnew text begin A new text end grant may not exceed $6,000 new text beginper year for
a maximum of four years
new text endper employee.

deleted text begin A grant for a particular employee must be reduced by the amounts of any federal
Pell grant received, or state grant the employee is eligible to receive for the training and
An employee must apply for those grants as a condition of payment for training that
employee under this section.
deleted text end

new text begin (b) An employee who is attending an eligible institution must apply for Pell and state
grants as a condition of payment for training that employee under this section.
new text end

Subd. 9.

Reporting.

Commencing in 2017, the commissioner shall annually by
February 1 report on the activity of the grant program for the preceding fiscal year to the
chairs of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over workforce policy and finance.
At a minimum, the report must include:

(1) research and analysis on the costs and benefits of the grants for employees and
employers;

(2) the number of employees who commenced training and the number who
completed training; and

(3) recommendations, if any, for changes to the program.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2015 Supplement, section 175.45, subdivision 1, is
amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Duties; goal.

The commissioner of labor and industry shall identify
competency standards for dual training. The goal of dual training is to provide deleted text begincurrent
deleted text endemployees of an employer with training to acquire competencies that the employer
requires. The standards shall be identified for employment in occupations in advanced
manufacturing, health care services, information technology, and agriculture. Competency
standards are not rules and are exempt from the rulemaking provisions of chapter 14, and
the provisions in section 14.386 concerning exempt rules do not apply.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end