124D.46 EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT TRANSITIONS SYSTEM.
Subdivision 1. Goals.
To better prepare all learners to make transitions between education
and employment, a comprehensive education and employment transitions system is established
that is driven by multisector partnerships and takes a lifelong approach to workforce development.
The goals of the statewide education and employment transitions system are:
(1) to improve the skills learners need to achieve greater levels of self-sufficiency through
education, training, and work;
(2) to improve work-related counseling and information about career opportunities and
vocational education programs available to learners to facilitate workforce development;
(3) to integrate opportunities for work-based learning, service-learning, and other applied
learning methods into the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary curriculum and state and
local graduation standards;
(4) to increase participation in employment opportunities and demonstrate the relationship
between education and employment at the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education
(5) to promote the efficient use of public and private resources by coordinating elementary,
secondary, and postsecondary education with related government programs;
(6) to expand educational options available to all learners through collaborative efforts
between school districts, postsecondary institutions, employers, organized labor, workers,
learners, parents, community-based organizations, and other interested parties;
(7) to increase opportunities for women, minorities, individuals with a disability, and at-risk
learners to fully participate in work-based learning;
(8) to establish performance standards for learners that integrate state and local graduation
standards and generally recognized industry and occupational skill standards; and
(9) to provide support systems including a unified labor market information system;
a centralized quality assurance system with information on learner achievement, employer
satisfaction, and measurable system outcomes; a statewide marketing system to promote the
importance of lifework development; a comprehensive professional development system for
public and private sector partners; and a comprehensive system for providing technical support to
local partnerships for education and employment transitions.
Subd. 2. Funding.
Work-based learning programs incorporating postsecondary instruction
implemented under this section and sections
shall provide for student
funding according to section
Subd. 3. Governor's Workforce Development Council.
The Governor's Workforce
Development Council is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating the statewide
education and employment transitions system and achieving the goals of the system.
Subd. 4. Partnership grants.
The council must award grants to implement local education
and employment transition partnerships established under section
. Grants under
this section may be used for the local education and employment transitions system, youth
apprenticeship and other work-based learning programs, youth employer programs, youth
entrepreneurship programs, and other programs and purposes the council determines fulfill the
purposes of the education and employment transitions system. The council must evaluate grant
proposals on the basis of the elements required in the local plan described in section
. The council must develop and publicize the grant application process and review
and comment on the proposals submitted. Priority in awarding grants must be given to local
partnerships that include multiple communities and a viable base of educational, work-based
learning, and employment opportunities.
History: 1993 c 335 s 1; 1Sp1995 c 3 art 4 s 23; 1998 c 397 art 3 s 99,100,103; art 11 s 3