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HF 809

2nd Engrossment - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 04/07/2015 12:27pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 02/12/2015
1st Engrossment Posted on 03/02/2015
2nd Engrossment Posted on 04/07/2015

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A bill for an act
relating to workforce development; providing for career pathways coordinators;
requiring reports; appropriating money for career pathways coordinators;
appropriating money for the Minnesota youth program; proposing coding for
new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 116L.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [116L.667] CAREER PATHWAYS COORDINATORS.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Requirement. new text end

new text begin Each workforce service area must have a career
pathways coordinator who is responsible for improving coordination and communication
of workforce development programs and services within the workforce service area, with
other workforce service areas and career pathways coordinators, and with administering
agencies. A career pathways coordinator may serve as the coordinator for up to two
service areas.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Responsibilities. new text end

new text begin A career pathways coordinator is responsible for:
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new text begin (1) understanding the needs of existing, new, and prospective service area businesses
in regard to workforce development programs, resources, and other services;
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new text begin (2) connecting job seekers, secondary and higher education institutions, employers,
and other stakeholders and partners;
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new text begin (3) coordinating services to job seekers including career counseling, training, and
work experience opportunities;
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new text begin (4) assessing and compiling information about all workforce development programs
and services offered in the assigned workforce service area, including adult basic education
programs, programs and services at higher education institutions and kindergarten through
grade 12 schools, and FastTRAC programs and other grant programs;
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new text begin (5) making recommendations to the commissioner regarding ways to improve
career pathways coordination, possible program changes, and new workforce programs
or initiatives;
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new text begin (6) sharing best practices and collaborating with other career pathways coordinators
to promote and enable state-level coordination among workforce development programs
and administering agencies including but not limited to the Departments of Employment
and Economic Development, Education, and Labor and Industry, and the Office of Higher
Education; and
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new text begin (7) promoting available workforce development and career pathways programs and
resources in the workforce service area.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Reporting; consolidation. new text end

new text begin The workforce council in each of the workforce
service areas having a career pathways coordinator shall submit an annual report to
the commissioner that includes but is not limited to a narrative of and the number of
businesses, job seekers, and other stakeholders assisted by the career pathways coordinator
function, an accounting of workforce development and career pathways programs and
services offered in the assigned workforce service area, and any recommendations for
changes to workforce development efforts in the workforce service area. Beginning
January 15, 2016, and each year thereafter, the commissioner shall consolidate the reports
and submit the consolidated report to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over
economic development and workforce policy and finance.
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Sec. 2. new text begin CAREER PATHWAYS COORDINATORS; APPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $1,250,000 in fiscal year 2016 and $1,250,000 in fiscal year 2017 are appropriated
from the general fund to the commissioner of employment and economic development
for up to nine career pathways coordinator positions in the workforce service areas and
for the purposes specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 116L.667. The commissioner,
in consultation with local workforce councils and local elected officials in each of the
workforce service areas receiving funds, shall develop a method of distributing funds to
provide equitable services across workforce service areas.
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Sec. 3. new text beginMINNESOTA YOUTH PROGRAM; APPROPRIATION.
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new text begin (a) $10,000,000 in fiscal year 2016 and $10,000,000 in fiscal year 2017 are
appropriated from the general fund, and $3,500,000 in fiscal year 2016 and $3,500,000
in fiscal year 2017 are appropriated from the workforce development fund, to the
commissioner of employment and economic development for the Minnesota youth
program under Minnesota Statutes, sections 116L.56 and 116L.561.
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new text begin (b) Funds available under this section are to provide employment and career advising
to youth, including career guidance in local kindergarten through grade 12 schools, to
address the youth career advising deficiency, to carry out activities outlined in Minnesota
Statutes, section 116L.561, to provide support services, and to provide work experience
to youth in the workforce service areas. The funds in this paragraph may be used for
expansion of the pilot program combining career and higher education advising in Laws
2013, chapter 85, article 3, section 27. Activities in workforce service areas under this
paragraph may serve all youth up to age 24. The commissioner, in consultation with
local workforce investment boards and local elected officials in each of the service areas
receiving funds under this paragraph, shall develop a method of distributing funds to
provide equitable services across workforce service areas.
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