2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
January 22, 2016 - Introduced by Senators Marklein,
Gudex, Lasee and Moulton,
cosponsored by Representatives
Murphy, Bernier, Kitchens, Macco, Kulp,
Mursau, Krug, Petryk, Rohrkaste, Quinn, Ballweg, Kleefisch, Rodriguez,
R. Brooks, A. Ott, Novak, Tranel, Edming, Sanfelippo, VanderMeer and
Nerison. Referred to Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges.
1An Act to amend
20.445 (1) (b) and 106.27 (3); and to create
106.27 (1r) of the 2
statutes; relating to: requiring the Department of Workforce Development to
3provide student internship coordination and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Workforce Development, as part of its
workforce training program, commonly referred to as the Fast Forward Program, to
provide coordination between institutions of higher education and employers to
increase the number of students who are placed with employers for internships and
increases the authorized full-time equivalent positions for that department by 2.0
positions for that purpose.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
(b) Workforce training program; grants and services.
As a continuing 7
appropriation, the amounts in the schedule for workforce training grants and
services under s. 106.27 (1) and,
(1g), and (1r)
and for career and technical education 2
incentive grants under s. 106.273.
106.27 (1r) of the statutes is created to read:
106.27 (1r) Student internship coordination.
From the appropriation under 5
s. 20.445 (1) (b), the department shall provide coordination between institutions of 6
higher education, as defined in 20 USC 1001
(a) and (b), and employers to increase 7
the number of students who are placed with employers for internships.
106.27 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
106.27 (3) Annual report.
Annually, by December 31, the department shall 10
submit a report to the governor and the cochairpersons of the joint committee on 11
finance providing an account of the department's activities and expenditures under 12
this section during the preceding fiscal year. The report shall include information 13
on the number of unemployed and underemployed workers and incumbent 14
employees who participate in training programs under sub. (1); the number of 15
unemployed workers who obtain gainful employment, underemployed workers who 16
obtain new employment, and incumbent employees who receive increased 17
compensation after participating in such a training program; and the wages earned 18
by those workers and employees both before and after participating in such a 19
training program. The report shall also include information on the extent to which 20
waiting lists for enrollment in courses and programs provided by technical colleges 21
in high-demand fields are reduced as a result of grants under sub. (1g) (a), on the 22
number of high school pupils who participate in certification programs under sub. 23
(1g) (b), and on the number of persons with disabilities who participate in 24
employment enhancement activities under sub. (1g) (c). In addition, the report shall
1provide information on the number of student interns who are placed with employers
2as a result of the coordination activities conducted under sub. (1r).
(1) Student internship coordinators.
In the schedule under section 20.005 (3) 5
of the statutes for the appropriation to the department of workforce development 6
under section 20.445 (1) (b) of the statutes, as affected by the acts of 2015, the dollar 7
amount for fiscal year 2016-17 is increased by $200,000 to increase the authorized 8
FTE positions for that department by 2.0 GPR positions for the purpose of providing 9
coordination between institutions of higher education and employers to increase the 10
number of students who are placed with employers for internships.