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2008 SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGETS AS SIGNED

BY THE GOVERNOR

WORKFORCE-RELATED ITEMS

Workforce Board (WTECB)

Workplace-Based Electronic Learning:  No new funds - Declaressufficient funds” are provided in the agency budget allocation to implement Sec. 2 of SB 6295 (work group on workplace-based learning).  

Industry Skill Panels: No new funds – States “The appropriation to the Workforce Board includes specific funding” to implement SSB 5254 (industry skills panels).

Adult Youth: No new funds – States “the appropriation to the Workforce Board includes specific funding” to implement SSB 6261 (adult youth).

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

PARTIAL BILL VETO - Comprehensive Career & Technical Education (CTE) Bill: $2,750,000 of GF-S dollars are provided solely for the implementation of 2SSB 6377 (career and technical education). Governor's Partial Bill Veto Message: Section 204 provides for three-year grants to high schools and skills centers for implementing integrated work skills, basic skills and English skills programs. The Legislature did not allocate funding for Section 204 of this bill in either the supplemental operating budget or in Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 6673, which specified the purposes of the appropriations for this legislation. Instead, the Legislature allocated funding in the supplemental operating budget for program development and plans for implementing integrated programs at five skills centers. I look forward to receiving the report on these efforts in November. This will guide future program development in this area.   Section 307 proposes a new program, the In-Demand Scholars Program, to be administered by the Workforce Training and Education Board. The Legislature did not allocate funding for this new program in either the supplemental operating budget or in Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 6673, which specified the purposes of the appropriations for this bill. For these reasons, I have vetoed sections 204 and 307 of Second Substitute Senate Bill 6377.

VETOED - CTE Summer School: $500,000 of GF-S dollars are provided solely for the summer programs for middle and high school students to explore career opportunities rich in math, science, and technology using career and technical education as the delivery model, pursuant to 2SSB 6673 (student learning opportunities). Governor's Veto Message: This proviso appropriates funding for a grant program to school districts to provide summer school funding for middle and high school students to explore career opportunities in math, science, and technology. Similar programs are already offered by school districts, skills centers and private organizations. One exciting opportunity initiated in 2006 is the Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2687 Washington Aerospace Scholars, a statewide partnership through the Washington Aerospace Scholars Foundation with The Museum of Flight, schools, and business partners. The program gives high school students the opportunity to participate in hands-on engineering activities, tour facilities at Boeing, the University of Washington, Microsoft and Battelle, receive mentoring from astronauts, pilots, engineers and scientists, and conduct a project on Mars exploration.

Integrated English Language Learning and Skills Training (I-Best):  $250,000 from GF-S are provided to OSPI for five grants to skills centers to design and develop programs that integrate career and technical education and English-language instruction.

CTE NERC: An additional $668 for high schools and $518 for skill centers per CTE certificated staff is provided in GF-S monies to OSPI for 2008-2009 for non-employee related costs.

Middle School CTE:  The GF-S appropriation for middle school CTE math and science programs is reduced by $637,000 (based on actual expenditures).

Skill Center Construction: The capital budget authorizes $100 million in state general obligation bonds for expanding skills center capacity. Funding is provided for the following skills center projects from this new fund source:

  • $75,000 - Seattle Skills Center feasibility study
  • $50,000 - North Central Skills Center land purchase option
  • $550,000 - Northeast King County Skills Center pre-design and design
  • $925,000 - Grant County Skills Center pre-design and design
  • $3,070,000 - Pierce County Skills Center pre-design and design
  • $475,000 - Feasibility studies for satellite/branch campus skills centers  

Extended Learning Program: $15,065,000 of GF-S monies are provided solely for the implementation of E2SSB 6673 (student learning opportunities) which establishes the extended learning program to provide additional instructional services for eligible students during the regular school day, evenings, on weekends, or at other times in order to meet the needs of these students. Eligible students are students in grades eight, eleven, and twelve who may not be on track to meet the standard on the Washington assessment of student learning or need additional assistance in order to have the opportunity for a successful entry into high school.

Robotics Programs: $150,000 from GF-S are provided solely to support public high schools' participation in the FIRST robotics program. OSPI is to issue grants not to exceed $10,000 per school to be used for teacher stipends, registration fees, equipment, and other costs associated with direct participation in the program.

VETOED - Foster Care Students: $250,000 from GF-S are provided solely for implementation of SHB 2679 (educational outcomes for students in foster care).

VETOED - Dual Credit Strategic Planning: $10,000 from GF-S are provided to convene a work group to develop a strategic plan for statewide coordination of dual credit programs. Governor's Veto Message: This proviso adds funding for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to convene a multi-agency workgroup regarding statewide coordination of dual credit programs, such as Running Start and Advanced Placement. Because this is a fundamental responsibility of all agencies involved in dual credit programming, they do not require additional funding to conduct this planning and analysis. I am asking that OSPI, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, representatives from public four-year institutions of higher education, the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, the Council of Presidents, and the Higher Education Coordinating Board work together, with input from local programs, to develop a statewide coordinated plan for dual credit programs.

Online Learning: “Sufficient funding” is provided within the OSPI GF-S appropriation to OSPI to implement SHB 3129 (online learning programs for high school students to earn college credit).

State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC)

VETOED - Student Child Care: An additional $500,000 for 2008-2009 of GF- S monies are provided for higher education student child care matching grants under RCW 28B.135 Governor's Veto Message: Substitute House Bill 2582 takes the first step toward the goal of expanding child care by laying out a new matching grant procedure and allowing student governments at each college to raise funds through private donations. However, expanding the combined two- and four-year programs from $100,000 per year to $1.1 million per year should be evaluated in the biennial budget process when it can be reviewed in context with existing child care programs.

Health Care Workers:  $1.5 million from GF-S are provided solely for competitive grants to labor, management, and college partnerships to develop or expand and evaluate innovative training programs for incumbent hospital workers that lead to careers in nursing and other high-demand health care fields.

Aerospace Apprenticeships: $3 million from GF-S dollars are provided solely for the design, development, training, and related expenses associated with a joint labor/management apprenticeship program established under the auspices of an international union, which will include but not be limited to training in composite technology.

Applied Baccalaureate Degrees: The appropriations to SBCTC include specific funding to implement Substitute Senate Bill No. 5104 (applied baccalaureate degrees).

VETOED - Adult Literacy Education: $115,000 of GF-S monies are provided solely for the state board to (a) convene a one-day summit to inform the public, adult literacy instructional personnel, and local, state, and community leaders about the status of adult literacy and adult literacy education; and (b) conduct a media campaign to increase public awareness about the availability of adult, family, and workforce literacy services and resources. Governor's Veto Message: This proviso directs the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to convene a one-day summit on adult literacy and to conduct a media campaign to inform citizens about the availability of adult literacy programs and services. The Board should consider making adult literacy a feature of its media campaigns and convening a summit to inform the public on the status of its adult literacy programs within existing appropriations.

Gateway Center Career Coach: $75,000 from GF-S are provided solely for the gateway center pilot project at Highline community college for coaching and managing student participants in the pilot program. The Gateway Center provides coursework and coaching to close skill gaps for adult immigrants and refugees who have training in healthcare.

Workplace-Based Instruction: $50,000 of GF-S monies are provided to Renton Technical College to implement workplace-based instructional programs for immigrants.

Employment Resource Center: $1,178,000 of GF-S dollars are provided solely to Edmonds community college for operating expenses related to leasing the employment resource center.

Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB)

VETOED - Student Child Care: An additional $500,000 for 2008-2009 of GF- S monies are provided for higher education student child care matching grants under RCW 28B.135.Governor's Veto Message: Substitute House Bill 2582 takes the first step toward the goal of expanding child care by laying out a new matching grant procedure and allowing student governments at each college to raise funds through private donations. However, expanding the combined two- and four-year programs from $100,000 per year to $1.1 million per year should be evaluated in the biennial budget process when it can be reviewed in context with existing child care programs.

Education Performance Agreements: $60,000 from GF-S are provided solely for implementation EHB 2641 (higher education performance agreements).

VETOED - Transfers and Articulation: $30,000 from GF-S are provided solely for implementation of E2SHB 2783 (education transfer articulation). Governor's Veto Message: Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 2783 creates work groups and outlines tasks to improve student credit transferability among community and technical colleges and four-year institutions of higher education. While this focuses on the right problems, efforts already exist at the Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) and State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) in this area. I am asking the agencies to continue their work to develop ways to inform students, in clear language, about the transfer process and to address barriers to student transfers, especially for those transferring from technical programs or career schools. I also ask the HECB, SBCTC, and Washington Student Lobby to present proposals on transfer issues to the P-20 Council. Finally, I also want the HECB and SBCTC to refine and combine their plans for a web-based advising system.

Health Professional Scholarships: $1.25 million from GF are provided to HECB solely for the health professional scholarship and loan program.

VETOED - Prior Learning Credits:  $14,000 from GF-S are provided to convene a work group to assess current institutional practices in accepting prior learning credits and make recommendations on implementation of the workgroup's findings. Governor's Veto Message: A barrier to the smooth transition from work to post-secondary education and training is how institutions evaluate and give credit for prior learning. The Higher Education Coordinating Board, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board have been working on this issue for years, and the State Board’s prior learning assessment guidelines for colleges are an outgrowth of that work. I want these three agencies to continue working to ensure that prior learning is evaluated and utilized effectively at each campus, in each sector within existing resources.

Military Education Credits: Directs the HECB, the Department of licensing, and the Department of Health to jointly review and report on barriers and opportunities for increasing the extent to which veterans separating from duty are able to apply skills sets and education required while in service to certification, licensure, and degree requirements.

Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (CTED)

Green Collar Jobs: $207,000 from GF-S are provided solely for implementation of 2SHB 2815 (green collar jobs). The amount provided includes $50,000 for the analysis under section 8(1) of the bill.

Employment Security Department

Green Jobs: $222,000 of GF-S monies are provided solely to implement ESSHB 2815 (greenhouse gas emissions).

Department of Health (DOH)

Health Workforce Survey: $323,000 of additional GF-S are provided to DOH for conducting the health professions workforce and demographic survey as directed in Chapter 236, Laws of 2006.

 

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