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116L.04 Partnership power.

Subdivision 1. Partnership program. (a) The partnership program may provide grants-in-aid to educational or other nonprofit educational institutions using the following guidelines:

(1) the educational or other nonprofit educational institution is a provider of training within the state in either the public or private sector;

(2) the program involves skills training that is an area of employment need; and

(3) preference will be given to educational or other nonprofit training institutions which serve economically disadvantaged people, minorities, or those who are victims of economic dislocation and to businesses located in rural areas.

(b) A single grant to any one institution shall not exceed $400,000. Up to 25 percent of a grant may be used for preemployment training.

Subd. 1a. Pathways program. The pathways program may provide grants-in-aid for developing programs which assist in the transition of persons from welfare to work and assist individuals at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. The program is to be operated by the board. The board shall consult and coordinate with program administrators at the Department of Economic Security to design and provide services for temporary assistance for needy families recipients.

Pathways grants-in-aid may be awarded to educational or other nonprofit training institutions for education and training programs and services supporting education and training programs that serve eligible recipients.

Preference shall be given to projects that:

(1) provide employment with benefits paid to employees;

(2) provide employment where there are defined career paths for trainees;

(3) pilot the development of an educational pathway that can be used on a continuing basis for transitioning persons from welfare to work; and

(4) demonstrate the active participation of Department of Economic Security workforce centers, Minnesota State College and University institutions and other educational institutions, and local welfare agencies.

Pathways projects must demonstrate the active involvement and financial commitment of private business. Pathways projects must be matched with cash or in-kind contributions on at least a one-to-one ratio by participating private business.

A single grant to any one institution shall not exceed $400,000. Up to 25 percent of a grant may be used for preemployment training.

Subd. 2. Information. The board may collect and disseminate information concerning areas of projected employment need. The board may also prepare and publish studies, organize conferences, and conduct special projects which will increase knowledge and communication in the areas of employment need, skills training, and education.

Subd. 3. Repealed, 1987 c 403 art 2 s 164

Subd. 4. Performance standards and reporting. By January 15, 2002, the board must develop performance standards for workforce development and job training programs receiving state funding. The standards may vary across program types. The board may contract with a consultant to develop the performance standards. The board must consult with stakeholder advocacy groups, nonprofit service providers, and local workforce councils in the development of both performance standards and reporting requirements. The adult standards must at a minimum measure:

(1) the employability levels of individuals as defined by basic skill level, the amount of work experience, and barriers to employment prior to program entry;

(2) the individual's annual income and employability level for the 12 months prior to entering the program, the starting annual income upon placement after completing the program, employability level and annual income one year after completion of the program, and the individual's reported satisfaction;

(3) the program completion rate, placement rate, employability level upon placement, and one-year retention rate; and

(4) the governmental cost per placement and per job retained at one year and the percentage of program funding coming from the state and other levels of government.

After January 15, 2002, all workforce development programs receiving state funds must submit an annual performance report to the board. The board may develop a uniform format for the report and prescribe the manner in which the report is required to be submitted.

HIST: 1983 c 334 s 4,7; 1Sp1985 c 14 art 9 s 6; 1987 c 384 art 3 s 27; 1987 c 386 art 10 s 8; 1987 c 401 s 36; 1989 c 335 art 1 s 167,270; 1997 c 200 art 1 s 58,59; 1999 c 223 art 2 s 30; 2000 c 488 art 2 s 6; 2001 c 181 s 2; 1Sp2001 c 4 art 2 s 4; 2003 c 128 art 13 s 29,30

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