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HF 3901

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/03/2022 02:04pm

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

Bill Text Versions

Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 03/03/2022

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to economic development; appropriating money for a grant to the Owatonna
Learn to Earn Coalition to help the Owatonna and Steele County region grow and
retain a talented workforce.

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

Section 1. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; OWATONNA LEARN TO EARN COALITION.
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new text begin $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2023 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner
of employment and economic development for a grant to the Owatonna Learn to Earn
Coalition to help the Owatonna and Steele County region grow and retain a talented
workforce. This is a onetime appropriation and is available until June 30, 2024. Of this
amount:
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new text begin (1) $20,000 is to conduct a comprehensive local needs assessment to examine current
and future workforce needs in the region. The coalition shall retain a consultant and utilize
state demographer resources to involve education, business, and community stakeholders
to guide the high school's career pathways, the college's programs of study, and the businesses
support of work-based learning programs that help them recruit, develop, and retain a vibrant
workforce to keep the regional economy strong;
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new text begin (2) $900,000 is to develop educational learning spaces with state-of-the-art equipment
and student support services in high-demand career pathway programs. Of this amount,
$306,000 is to equip the new Owatonna High School's Industrial Technology classrooms
with state-of-the-art equipment to introduce students to high-skill, high-wage, technical
careers, and $594,000 is to equip the Owatonna Riverland Community College Campus
with state-of-the-art instructional equipment to offer credit and noncredit technical programs
in automation robotics engineering technology and information technology; and
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new text begin (3) $80,000 is to create learn to earn opportunities for students and employers by engaging
employers in the Owatonna community to offer tuition reimbursement or scholarships and
part-time work and school schedules to employees who agree to continue their education
while working for them.
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