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Workforce-Related Budget Items
Final 2007-2009 Operating Budget


Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board (Workforce Board)

Private Career Schools: $106,000 of GF-S monies are provided to improve oversight of private vocational and career schools.

Industry Skill Panels: $640,000 of GF-S dollars are provided to allocate grants to establish  and support industry skill panels and to establish industry skill panel standards that identify the expectations for industry skill panel products and services.

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

Navigation 101: $6,440,000 of GF-S monies are provided for the dissemination of the Navigation 101 curriculum to all districts.

Building Bridges Dropout Reduction: $5 million of GF-S monies are provided to implement the Building Bridges dropout reduction program.

Skill Center Enrollment: $7,394,000 in GF-S monies are provided to fund skills center students for up to 1.6 FTEs.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Equipment: $9,387,000 of the education legacy trust fund account is provided for equipment replacement in vocational programs and skill centers.

Middle School CTE: $3 million of GF-S monies are provided solely to allow approved middle and junior high school career and technical education programs to receive enhanced vocational funding.

Pre-Apprenticeship Program Grants: $350,000 of GF-S monies are provided for incentive grants for districts to develop pre-apprenticeship programs. Grant awards up to $10,000 each shall be used to support the program’s design, school/business/labor agreement negotiations, and recruiting high school students for pre-apprenticeship programs in the building trades and crafts.

Skills Center Director: $194,000 of GF-S dollars are provided to support a full-time director of skill centers within OSPI.

Math, Science, Engineering, Technology Pathway: $282,000 of GF-S monies are provided to coordinate and promote efforts to develop integrated math, science, technology and engineering programs and to provide $25,000 grants for professional development.

Environmental Education: $156,000 of GF-S monies are provided for instruction in conservation, natural resources, sustainability, and human adaptation to the environment. Integration between basic education and career and technical education is to be a major element.

College Readiness: $675,000 of GF-S monies are provided to support state college readiness assessment fees for eleventh grade students.

High School Assistance: $2 million of GF-S monies are provided solely for a high school and school district improvement program modeled after OSPI’s existing focused assistance program.

Education Data System: $270,000 of GF-State monies are provided solely for the implementation of E2SSB 5843 regarding educational data and data systems.

State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC)

General Enrollments: $5,040,00 of the education legacy trust account and $10,920,000 of GF-S monies are provided to expand general enrollments by 900 student FTEs in academic year 2008 and an additional 1,050 student FTEs in academic year 2009.

High-Demand Enrollments: $5,720,00 of the education legacy trust and $11,420,000 of GF-S monies are provided to expand high-demand enrollments by 650 student FTEs in fiscal year 2008 and 650 student FTEs in fiscal year 2009. Also, $1,960,000 of the education legacy trust account appropriation is to expand early childhood education programs with a focus on early math and science awareness by 100 student FTEs in fiscal year 2008 and by an additional 150 student FTEs in 2009. The programs expanded shall include, but are not limited to, mathematics and health sciences. The state board shall provide data to the office of financial management that is required to track changes in enrollments, graduations, and the employment of college graduates related to state investments in high-demand enrollment programs.

Adult Basic Education: $3,813,000 of the education legacy trust account and $7,625,000 of GF-S monies for fiscal year 2009 are for basic skills education enrollments at community and technical colleges. Budgeted enrollment levels are to increase by 625 student FTEs each year.

Opportunity Grants: $15 million of the education legacy trust account and $8 million of GF-S monies are provided to support the opportunity grants program in HB 1096.

I-Best Program: $7,350,000 of the education legacy trust account is provided to increase enrollment levels in the integrated basic education, skills, and language program (I-BEST) by 250 student FTEs per year.

Apprenticeship Training: $2,835,000 of the education legacy trust fund is provided to increase enrollment in apprenticeship training programs by 150 student FTEs in each fiscal year.

Job Skills Program: $500,000 in additional GF-S monies ($5,450,000 total for the biennium) is provided for the job skills program. The funding of the program is shifted form the administrative contingency account to the general fund.

Applied Baccalaureates: $452,000 of GF-S monies for fiscal year 2009 is provided for start-up and planning for two additional applied baccalaureate degree programs (one must be at a technical college).

Employment Security Department (ESD)

On-Line Labor Market Analysis: $160,000 from the Administrative Contingency Account is provided to support ongoing access to Workforce Explorer.

Enhancing Labor Market Information: $820,000 from the Administrative Contingency account is provided for 4.6 FTEs (regional economists) to develop new information products and tools, including a dashboard tool to automatically update area-specific data.

Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB )

Part-Time Students: $1 million in GF-S monies are provided solely for state need grants provided to students enrolled in just three to five credit-bearing quarter credits, or the equivalent semester credits.

College Bound Scholarship:  $7,400,000 from the education legacy trust account is provided for the College Bound scholarship program.  $669,000 of GF-S monies are provided for its implementation.

State Board of Education (SBE )

Accountability: Within appropriated funds, develop a comprehensive set of recommendations for an accountability system.

High School Diploma: Within appropriated funds, adopt high school graduation requirements aligned with international performance standards in mathematics and science and review all requirements related to the high school diploma.

Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development (CTED)

Economic Development Commission: $500,000 of GF-S dollars are provided to establish the state economic development commission as an independent state agency.

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