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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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S.249

Introduced by Senator Kitchel of Caledonia District and Senator Bartlett of Lamoille District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Education; higher education; regional technical centers; labor; workforce development

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to develop a system to measure the success that Vermont’s financial investment in higher education and secondary and postsecondary technical training has on affecting workforce development in the state.

AN ACT RELATING TO THE PERFORMANCE ACCOUNTABILITY OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND THE STATE’S INVESTMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION AND TECHNICAL TRAINING

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

Sec. 1.  2 V.S.A. § 506 is added to read:

§ 506.  TECHNICAL TRAINING AND HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING; PERFORMANCE ACCOUNTABILITY

(a)  Annual report.  On or before January 15 each year, the commissioners of labor, of economic development, and of education shall jointly file with the joint fiscal committee a performance accountability report, prepared as set forth in this section. 

(b)   Filing of data.  On or before July 1 of each year, the entities set forth in subsection (c) of this section shall file with the commissioner of labor the Social Security number of each individual who has successfully completed a program of study and has been awarded a degree or certificate in the prior state fiscal year.  Each entity shall sort the Social Security numbers by programmatic area if that information is available to it and shall include the month and year of completion for each individual.  Data shall be transmitted electronically.

(c)  Reporting entities.  The following entities (the “reporting entities”) shall provide the data required in subsection (b) of this section:

(1)  The University of Vermont and State Agricultural College (UVM).

(2)  The Vermont State Colleges (VSC).

(3)  The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC). 

(4)  The department of economic development, in connection with the Vermont training program.

(5)  The department of education, in connection with the 16 regional technical centers.

(6)  The workforce development council and the departments of economic development and of labor, in connection with the workforce education and training fund.

(d)  Analysis of data.  On or before October 1 of each year, the commissioner of labor shall provide to each of the reporting entities a table that sets forth, in the aggregate, the data provided pursuant to subsection (b) of this section and the related quarterly wage information received pursuant to 21 V.S.A. § 1314a at least 18 months following the date on which the individuals completed the program of study.  The table shall be organized by reporting entity and, for each entity, by program of study.  The table shall include the month and year of program completion, the number of individuals completing the program in each date category, the number of those individuals who are employed in Vermont, and the median quarterly income of those individuals.  The data for any individual provided by both VSAC and another reporting entity shall be attributed to the other reporting entity; provided, the table shall indicate the number of individuals at the other entity who received funds through VSAC.

(e)  Narrative summary and preparation of report.  On or before December 1 of each year, each reporting entity shall prepare a narrative summary of the pertinent information provided to it in subsection (d) of this section and shall transmit the summary to the commissioner of labor who shall assume primary responsibility for preparing the report required in subsection (a) of this section. 

(f)  Private entities.  Private approved postsecondary education institutions are encouraged to comply with the provisions of this section.

(g)  Confidentiality.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the reporting entities shall collect the Social Security numbers of students for the purposes of this section.  Access to the Social Security numbers provided to the department of labor shall be limited to those department individuals creating the table required in subsection (d) of this section and shall be confidential.  The department shall prepare the tables in a way that ensures the confidentiality of all student and employer information.

Sec. 2.  APPROPRIATION

One-half of one percent of the fiscal 2008 monies transferred to the next generation initiative fund is appropriated to the department of labor for use in connection with this act.   

Sec. 3.  EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect upon passage and shall begin to apply to data concerning individuals completing a program of study on or before July 1, 2008 and after, and will be included in reports presented to the joint fiscal committee beginning January 2010 and after.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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