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S.185

Introduced by Senator Coppenrath of Caledonia District, Senator Condos of Chittenden District, Senator Doyle of Washington District, Senator Maynard of Rutland District, Senator McCormack of Windsor District and Senator Starr of Essex-Orleans District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Education; ready-to-work certification

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to create the Vermont ready-to-work certification program to provide high school students and interested adults with workforce skills assessment; instruction designed to address specific academic, technical, and work-ethics skills related to an occupation; and certification based on demonstration of these skills.

AN ACT RELATING TO THE VERMONT READY-TO-WORK CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

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


Sec. 1.  16 V.S.A. § 217 is added to read:

§ 217.  THE VERMONT READY-TO-WORK CERTIFICATION

             PROGRAM

(a)  The commissioner of education shall develop and implement a Vermont ready-to-work certification program to be conducted in public high schools, approved independent schools, regional technical centers, state-sponsored career centers, vocational-rehabilitation centers, and the Community High School of Vermont.  The program shall provide workforce skills assessment; instruction designed to address specific academic, technical, and work-ethics skills related to an occupation; and certification based on demonstration of these skills.  This program shall be available to all high school students and to adults completing state-sponsored employment training programs who wish to participate.  The program is intended to prepare participants for entry-level employment in the most efficient and effective manner by determining which of the skills required for successful employment the student lacks at the time student begins the program and then focusing instruction on those skills.

(b)  The commissioner of education, in consultation with high school guidance counselors and principals, vocational and technical educators, the department of labor, and the workforce development council, shall identify the occupations to be included in the Vermont ready-to-work certification program and shall develop an implementation plan for the program. 

(c)  The program shall include:

(1)  A profile of skills associated with each of the identified occupations and a comprehensive set of academic, technical, and work-ethics skills that a student must demonstrate to receive certification in the occupation to be jointly developed by the department of education, the department of labor, and the workforce development council. 

(2)  A nationally validated work readiness assessment to identify each student’s level of proficiency in the specific academic, technical, and

work-ethics skills identified in the profile for the occupation in which the student has expressed interest.

(3)  A targeted instructional program that is limited to the academic, technical, and work-ethics skills in which the student has been determined, by the nationally validated work readiness assessment, to lack proficiency.

(4)  Instruction that is available both on the internet and at the program site and that shall be capable of being revised to meet specific needs of local employers. 

(5)  A certificate and portfolio to be awarded to students upon successful completion of the program.  The portfolio shall delineate the skills demonstrated by the student in a manner that informs prospective employers of the student’s preparation for employment.

(d)  The state board of education and the department of labor may adopt rules as necessary to implement the Vermont ready-to-work certification program.

(e)  All costs for the program shall be borne equally by the state board of education and the department of labor, and each shall recommend sufficient allocations to implement the Vermont ready-to-work certification program in its respective fiscal year 2010 budget requests.

Sec. 2.  IMPLEMENTATION

The Vermont ready-to-work certification program shall be fully implemented in all public high schools, approved independent schools, regional technical centers, state-sponsored career centers,

vocational-rehabilitation centers, and the Community High School of Vermont by September 1, 2009. 



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


www.leg.state.vt.us