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4/29/2009 Sine Die

WORKFORCE-RELATED BILLS
2009 Session
As Codified in Law

Youth

2SHB 1355 – Opportunity Internships – Prime Sponsor: Rep. Probst - Creates the Opportunity Internship Program (Program) to provide incentives for local consortia to build educational and employment pipelines for low income high school students in high demand occupations in targeted industries. Provides outreach, internships, pre-apprenticeships, counseling and up to one year of financial aid through the State Need Grant, and the promise of a job interview if the student completes a postsecondary program of study. Provides a $2,000 payment to the consortiums for each Program graduate who completes a postsecondary program of study and obtains and retains employment in a high demand occupation for at least six months. Directs the Workforce Board to select up to ten consortia to participate in the program and to conduct an outcome evaluation of the financial benefits of the program. Enacted as Chapter 238, Laws of 2009

HB 1562 – Math Graduation Requirements – Prime Sponsor: Rep. Liias - Modifies the high school math graduation requirement.  Students who have not passed the WASL or an alternative assessment in math may graduate if they earn two math credits or CTE equivalencies after the 10th grade. Enacted as Chapter 17, Laws of 2009

SHB 1758 – College High School Diplomas – Prime Sponsor: Rep. Quall - Authorizes a community or technical college to issue a high school diploma for a Running Start student who enrolls in a college and satisfactorily completes an associate degree. Enacted as Chapter 524, Laws of 2009

2SHB 1961 – Continuing Foster Care – Prime Sponsor: Rep. Roberts - Clarifies the authority of the Department of Social and Health Services to provide continued foster care or group care and necessary support and transition services to youth ages eighteen to twenty-one years who are: (1) enrolled and participating in a postsecondary or vocational educational program; (2) participating in a program or activity designed to promote or remove barriers to employment; 0r (3) engaged in employment for eighty hours or more per month. Enacted as Chapter 235, Laws of 2009

2SHB 2119 – Dual Credit Opportunities - Prime Sponsor: Rep. Wallace -Directs the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), in collaboration with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, the Workforce Board, the Apprenticeship Council, the Higher Education Coordinating Board and the public baccalaureate institutions, to annually report to the education and higher education committees of the legislature regarding participation in dual credit programs. Directs OSPI to develop advising guidelines to assure that students and parents understand that college credits earned in high school dual credit programs may impact eligibility for financial aid.  Directs OSPI to prepare and annually distribute an information booklet outlining parents' and guardians' enrollment options for their children. Permits Running Start enrollments to be used in meeting, instead of determining, enrollment targets. The prohibition on four-year institutions of higher education charging Running Start students fees is removed. Enacted as Chapter 450, Laws of 2009

ESHB 2261 – K-12 Education System – Prime Sponsor: Rep. Sullivan -Defines the “program of basic education” which the legislature shall fund, including the “instructional program of basic education,” subject to a phased-in implementation.  The instructional program of basic education includes “instruction that provides students the opportunity to complete twenty-four credits for high school graduation, subject to a phased-in implementation. The instructional program of basic education shall be considered to be fully funded through an allocation based on minimum staffing and non-staff costs the legislature deems necessary to support instruction and operations in prototypical schools. The prototypical school includes an average class size specifically for exploratory and preparatory career and technical education and enhanced funding for non-staff costs in exploratory career and technical education courses for students in grades seven through twelve.  The prototypical school model also includes an allocation for guidance counselors performing functions that include parent outreach and graduation advising.  Creates the Quality Education Council (consisting of eight legislators, and representatives form the Governor’s Office, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the State Board of Education (SBE), the Professional Educator’s Standards Board, and the Department of Early Learning) to recommend and inform the ongoing implementation by the Legislature of an evolving program of basic education and financing and develop strategic recommendations on the program of basic education.  Duties of the Council include identifying measurable goals and priorities for the educational system for a ten-year period, including ongoing strategies for coordinating statewide efforts to eliminate the achievement gap and reduce student dropout rates.  Declares legislative intent to establish a comprehensive K-12 data improvement system to monitor student progress, have information on the quality of the educator workforce,  and monitor and analyze the costs of programs. The data system is to include a subset of student information elements to serve as a dropout early warning system. Establishes the K-12 Data Governance Group in OSPI to assist in the design and implementation of a data system for financial, student, and educator data. Directs the SBE to develop an accountability index to identify schools and districts for recognition and for additional state support.  Performance is to be measured using multiple outcomes and indicators including, but not limited to, graduation rates and results from statewide assessments. Enacted as Chapter 548, Laws of 2009

SSB 5410 – Digital Learning Commons – Prime Sponsor: Sen. Oemig - Identifies the responsibilities of the Digital Learning Commons, the Office of Public Instruction and local school districts with respect to “alternative learning experience online programs.Enacted as Chapter 542, Laws of 2009

2SSB 5676 – Middle School Career & Technical Education – Prime Sponsor: Sen. McAuliffe; By Request of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction - Removes the limitation that a middle school offering career and technical education receives an enhanced funding allocation only within funds appropriated for this purpose. The CTE program must be in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) to qualify for the enhancement. Middle schools offering qualifying programs are to be funded at the same level as a high school offering a similar program. Enacted as Chapter 212, Laws of 2009

Adult Worker Legislation

SHB 1328 – Technical College Transfer Degrees – Prime Sponsor: Rep. Carlyle- Authorizes technical colleges to provide baccalaureate transfer degree programs. Enacted as Chapter 64, Laws of 2009

HB 1395 – High Demand Definitions – Prime Sponsor: Rep. Wallace; By Request of the Workforce Board -Creates clarity and consistency in a number of statutes that utilize “high demand” terminology.  Enacted as Chapter 353, Laws of 2009

SHB 1808 – Paramedic & Nursing Work Group – Prime Sponsor: Rep. Hinkle -Directs the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to create an interdisciplinary work group to review the training and curriculum of both a paramedic training program and an associate degree in nursing program to establish a set of recognized course equivalencies or skill competencies between the programs. The work group is to issue findings and recommendations as the basis for any statewide policies regarding articulation between the programs. Enacted as Chapter 168, Laws of 2009

2SHB 1946 – Online Learning Technology – Prime Sponsor: Rep. Carlyle -Encourages all institutions of higher education to use common online learning technologies including existing learning management and web conferencing systems currently managed and governed by the State Board for Community and Technical colleges and to share professional development materials and activities related to effective use of these tools. Requires the Higher Education Coordinating Board to convene a higher education technology transformation task force (that includes the Workforce Board) to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of education relative to the strategic and operational use of technology.  Enacted as Chapter 407, Laws of 2009

2SHB 2021 – Student Aid Consolidation – Rep. Kenney - Requires institutions and the Higher Education Coordinating Board to label all forms of student financial assistance as an Opportunity Fund. Changes the Washington Scholars award from a four-year award to a two-year award. Phases out the Educational Opportunity Grant over a two-year period. Creates a new grant, within the State Need Grant program, which provides grants for place-bound students who have earned an associate degree. Allows institutions to use institutional aid monies for students enrolled in dual credit programs. Restricts eligibility for the State Work Study program to Washington residents. Creates a competitive grant process within the State Work Study program to encourage more placements in high demand fields. Enacted as Chapter 215, Laws of 2009

SSB 5043 – College Info. Web Portal – Prime Sponsor – Sen. Kilmer - Directs the Higher Education Coordinating board to convene a work group to develop a plan to create a single, coordinated, collaboratively supported, one-stop college information web-based portal to provide comprehensive information and applications regarding financial, academic, and career planning, admissions, scholarships, and financial aid. The work group is to include representatives from the Higher Education Coordinating Board, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, the Council of Presidents, the Workforce Board, the independent colleges of Washington, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, representatives of the public, private, and private vocational colleges in Washington, and others as may be needed. Enacted as Chapter 23, Laws of 2009

SSB 5044 – High Demand Work Study - Prime Sponsor: Sen. Kilmer Establishes a priority for work study job placements in high employer demand fields. Enacted as Chapter 172, Laws of 2009

Industry

SHB 1128 - Innovation Partnership Zones - Prime Sponsor: Rep. Kenney - Provides certain authorities and responsibilities to the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development related to the Innovation Partnership Zone Program. Modifies Economic Development Commission oversight responsibility and reporting deadlines related to the program. Enacted as Chapter 72, Laws of 2009

SHB 1323 – Workforce and Economic Development Coordination – Prime Sponsor: Rep. Kenney -Creates clarity and consistency in workforce and economic development terms, improves coordination of workforce and economic development initiatives, and focuses investments on cluster-based approaches. Specifically, the bill:

  • directs the Workforce Board (WTB) to work with the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (DCTED) and the Economic Development Commission (EDC) on industry clusters.
  • calls for the inclusion of industry clusters in the state plan for workforce development and the state economic development plan.
  • provides a statutory definition of  Workforce Development Council and establishes workforce development council planning responsibilities in statute.
  • directs associate development organizations to coordinate workforce development councils.
  • establishes Centers of Excellence under the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) .
  • provides for the inclusion of labor market analysis for the purposes of identifying industry clusters.
  • corrects “cluster” and “sector” terminology.
  • By December 15, 2010, the WTB, the DCTED, the EDC, the Employment Security Department, and the SBCTC must jointly submit a written progress report to the appropriate legislative committees describing concrete actions taken, individually and collectively, to achieve the act's intent and objectives.

Enacted as Chapter 151, Laws of 2009

ESHB 1906 – Unemployment and Training Benefits  - Prime Sponsor: Rep. Conway - Provides for a temporary increase in unemployment benefits by adding $45 to the weekly benefit amount, and making $155 the minimum amount payable weekly. Expands eligibility for the training benefits program to low-wage workers, honorably discharged military personnel, and persons who are disabled. Enacted as Chapter 3, Laws of 2009

ESHB 2227 – Evergreen Jobs Act – Prime Sponsor: Rep. Probst -Directs CTED and the Workforce Board to, among other duties: (a) Coordinate efforts across the state to ensure that federal training and education funds are captured and deployed in a focused and effective manner in order to support green economy projects; (b) Coordinate local and state implementation of projects;  (c) Identify emerging technologies and innovations that are likely to contribute to advancements in the green economy; (d) Identify statewide performance metrics for projects receiving agency assistance; (e) Identify strategies to allocate existing and new funding  streams for green economy workforce training programs and education to emphasize those leading to a credential, certificate, or degree in a green economy field; and (f) Identify and implement strategies to allocate existing and new funding streams for workforce development councils and associate development organizations to increase local capacity to attract green jobs to local communities. Directs CTED and the Workforce Board, in consultation with the leadership team, to  provide semiannual performance reports to the Governor and appropriate committees of the legislature. Directs the Workforce Board to create and pilot green industry skill panels. Requires panel applicants to provide labor market and industry analysis that demonstrates high demand, or demand of strategic importance to the development of the state's clean energy economy for middle or high-wage occupations, oroccupations that are part of career pathways to the same, within the relevant industry sector. Requires the panels to: (a) Conduct labor market and industry analyses, in consultation with ESD, and drawing on the findings of its research when available; (b) Recommend strategies to meet the recruitment and training needs of the industry and small businesses; and (c) Recommend strategies to leverage and align other public and private funding sources. Authorizes the Workforce Board to prioritize workforce training programs that lead to a credential, certificate, or degree in green economy jobs. Enacted as Chapter 536, Laws of 2009

EHB 2242 – Dept. of Commerce – Prime Sponsor: Rep. Kenney - Changes the name of the "Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development" to the "Department of Commerce".   Requires the director of the Department to develop recommendations for the governor and the appropriate legislative committees regarding: (a) the mission, goals, organizational structure and responsibilities of the department, (b) existing programs that might best serve the state's economic development mission by being aligned within the department; and (c) alternative service delivery mechanisms, collaborations, and partnerships that might best serve the state's economic development goals. Enacted as Chapter 565, Laws of 2009

SB 5554 – Job Skills Program – Prime Sponsor: Sen. Kilmer- Directs the Job Skills Program to promote industry clusters and to gives priority to applications from firms in strategic industry clusters as identified by the state or local areas. Enacted as Chapter 554, Laws of 2009

SSB 5616 – Customized Training – Prime Sponsor: Sen. Shin - During 2009 and 2010, employers participating in the Customized Training Program may delay payments to the account. The expectation that participants will increase employment in the state by an amount equal to at least 75 percent of the trainees is changed to a requirement that participants must make good faith efforts to hire from trainees in the participant's training program. Colleges must make good faith efforts to use trainers preferred by participants. The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) must ensure a seamless process toward participation in the program for employers that have qualified for the Job Skills Program but are not able to participate because those funds have been committed. Up to $75,000 per year from the account may be used by SBCTC for training, marketing, and facilitation services to increase the use of the program. Enacted as Chapter 296, Laws of 2009

SSB 5723 – Small Business Assistance – Prime Sponsor: Sen. Kastama - Directs the Small Business Development Center to work with the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, the Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, the Employment Security Department, the Washington State Economic Development Commission, associate development organizations, and workforce development councils to: integrate and coordinate the SBDCs with other state economic and workforce development programs; target the SBDC services to in-state small businesses; tailor each center's outreach and services to local needs and demographics; and establish or expand satellite offices when financially feasible. Enacted as Chapter 486, Laws of 2009

E2SSB 5809 – Unemployed Worker Training – Prime Sponsor: Sen. Hargrove - For fiscal year 2010, provides moneys in the administrative contingency fund to be expended to serve individuals who are eligible for or have exhausted entitlement to unemployment compensation benefits and are enrolled in a high employer demand program of study or a forest product industry training program. The funds are to be used by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) to serve eligible individuals; preference is given to individuals enrolled in forest product industry, health care, energy efficiency and aerospace worker training programs. Funds can be used for educational and career counseling services, increased capacity at community and technical colleges, financial aid for eligible students, and job development and referral services. Directs the Employment Security Department (ESD) to encourage an increase in education and training through workforce development councils. Directs the ESD, in collaboration with the Workforce Board, workforce development councils, and SBCTC is required to submit reports as follows to the that includes expenditures on education and training, the number of students receiving training, the types of training received by the students, student demographics, institution/program demographics, training completion rates, employment rates, and comparisons of preprogram and post-program wage levels. Enacted as Chapter 566, Laws of 2009

Additional Workforce Board Assignments

HB 1394 – Workforce Comprehensive Plan Timeline – Prime Sponsor: Rep. White -Directs the Workforce Board to update the state strategic plan for workforce development every four years rather than every two years. The bill also directs the plan to be a 10-year plan. Enacted as Chapter 92, Laws of 2009

SSCR 8404 – 2008-2018 Workforce Comprehensive Plan – Prime Sponsor: Sen. Kilmer - Approves the 2008-2018 state comprehensive plan for workforce training, "High Skills, High Wages." Senate Filed with Secretary of State

 

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