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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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S.122

Introduced by Senator Collins of Franklin District and Senator Doyle of Washington District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Education; appropriations; scholarships; grants; technical education; workforce training

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to appropriate the $7,000,000.00 in 2008 general funds recommended by the next generation commission to scholarships for postsecondary education and training and for grants related to technical centers, internships, and apprenticeships.

AN ACT RELATING TO SCHOLARSHIPS FOR POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION AND TRAINING AND GRANTS FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND TECHNICAL CENTERS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  APPROPRIATIONS; SCHOLARSHIPS FOR POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION AND TRAINING AND GRANTS FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND TECHNICAL CENTERS

The sum of $7,000,000.00 in fiscal year 2008 general fund dollars is appropriated for the purposes of postsecondary education and training and for workforce development and technical centers to be distributed as follows:

(1)  The sum of $1,000,000.00 is appropriated to the University of Vermont for the purpose of providing scholarships to Vermont students.  Each student receiving a scholarship may be eligible to receive scholarship funds for each year he or she is enrolled in the University of Vermont and is working toward an undergraduate degree.  Priority shall be given to students in programs aligned with Vermont’s economic development goals.  No student, however, shall receive more than $5,000.00 per year under this subdivision or receive a scholarship under this subdivision for more than four years.  The scholarship shall be in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other scholarship or grant the student would otherwise receive.

(2)  The sum of $1,000,000.00 is appropriated to the Vermont State Colleges for the purpose of providing scholarships to Vermont students.  Each student receiving a scholarship may be eligible to receive scholarship funds for each year he or she is enrolled within the Vermont state college system and is working toward an undergraduate degree.  Priority shall be given to students in programs aligned with Vermont’s economic development goals.  No student, however, shall receive more than $5,000.00 per year under this subdivision or receive a scholarship under this subdivision for more than four years.  The scholarship shall be in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other scholarship or grant the student would otherwise receive.

(3)  The sum of $1,000,000.00 is appropriated to the Vermont student assistance corporation for the purpose of providing scholarships to Vermont students enrolled in a postsecondary institution in Vermont or in a postsecondary education or training program in Vermont that can demonstrate the ability to place students into high quality jobs.   Each student receiving a scholarship may be eligible to receive scholarship funds for each year he or she is enrolled in the institution or program in Vermont, regardless of whether the course of study will lead to a degree.  No student, however, shall receive more than $5,000.00 per year under this subdivision or receive a scholarship under this subdivision for more than four years.  The scholarship shall be in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other scholarship or grant the student would otherwise receive.

(4)  The sum of $1,500,000.00 is appropriated to the Vermont student assistance corporation for the purpose of repaying the loans of Vermont students who are enrolled in or who have completed their education in any postsecondary institution or postsecondary education or training program, regardless of where it is located, provided the student is enrolled in a course of study that should lead to employment in one of up to three targeted fields to be identified by the workforce development council on or before December 1 of each year; and provided further that the loan repayment program shall be available only to students who return to Vermont to begin work in the identified field and continue to work in that field for no fewer than three consecutive years. 

(5)  The sum of $1,000,000.00 is appropriated to the department of labor, working with the workforce development council, for the purpose of awarding grants to regional technical centers and comprehensive high schools to provide adult technical education, as that term is defined in 16 V.S.A. § 1522, to unemployed and underemployed Vermont adults. 

(6)  The sum of $50,000.00 is appropriated to the department of education, which shall work in coordination with the department of labor and the Vermont student assistance corporation, for the purpose of awarding grants to school districts for programs that will help guidance personnel assist students in grades 7 through 12 to develop career exploration and development strategies, with a specific focus on programs available through the regional technical centers and comprehensive high schools.

(7)  The sum of $250,000.00 is appropriated to the department of education for the purpose of awarding grants to regional technical centers and comprehensive high schools for summer career exploration programs for students entering grades 7 through 9.

(8)  The sum of $1,000,000.00 is appropriated to the department of education for the purpose of awarding grants to regional technical centers and comprehensive high schools to establish intensive vocational/academic summer programs in which students entering grades 11 and 12 can earn necessary credits toward graduation.

(9)  The sum of $200,000.00 is appropriated to the department of education, working with the workforce development council, for the purpose of awarding grants to school districts for programs encouraging internships, student apprenticeships, and dual enrollment for high school students.



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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


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