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2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
January 30, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Doyle, Barca, Kolste, Goyke,
Ohnstad, Zepnick, Hesselbein, Pope, Wachs, Berceau, Sargent, Spreitzer,
Vruwink, Zamarripa, Mason, Milroy, Bowen, Billings, Anderson,
Shankland, Fields, Subeck and Crowley, cosponsored by Senators Hansen,
L. Taylor, Ringhand and Wirch. Referred to Committee on Workforce
Development.
AB41,1,4 1An Act to amend 38.28 (1m) (a) 1.; and to create 20.292 (1) (aj), 20.292 (1) (fd),
220.292 (1) (fh), 20.292 (1) (fj), 38.04 (33), 38.04 (34), 38.04 (35) and 38.39 of the
3statutes; relating to: grants to technical college district boards and technical
4college faculty, staff, and students and making appropriations.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill allows a technical college district board (district board) to obtain grants
from the Technical College System Board for the purpose of partnering with a
business, consortium of businesses, economic development organization, or local
workforce development board in a project to help meet local needs for supporting
economic sectors with a documented skills gap or high workforce shortage, including
manufacturing, energy, information technology, skilled trades, and health care. A
project may provide for activities that address development of individuals prior to
entering the workforce and workforce training, including any of the following: 1) job
training scholarships based on local labor market needs; 2) building or
infrastructure construction; 3) equipment and material purchases; 4) faculty hiring;
5) development of certain curricula; or 6) student career support services, including
job placement and business recruitment. The bill directs the TCS Board to award
grants to district boards that apply to the TCS Board to fund the costs of such
projects. In awarding the grants, the bill requires the TCS Board to consider the
speed by which the activities specified in applications could meet training and
employment needs and give a preference to projects that seek to eliminate waiting
lists for courses pertaining to jobs with high employment demand.

The bill also creates three other types of grants awarded by the TCS Board.
Under the bill, the TCS Board must award all of the following grants:
1. Dual enrollment opportunity grants to district boards to expand dual
enrollment programs (which provide high school students with the opportunity to
simultaneously gain high school and technical college credits) or create new dual
enrollment programs, but these grants are awarded only until June 30, 2019.
2. Innovation grants to technical college faculty, staff, and students to assist
them in commercializing and bringing to market innovative technology, products,
and processes developed at technical colleges.
3. Veterans success grants to district boards to expand existing efforts and
implement additional strategies to assist veterans in a successful transition to
college and careers, but these grants are awarded only until June 30, 2021.
For further information see the state and local 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:
AB41,1 1Section 1 . 20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert
2the following amounts for the purposes indicated: - See PDF for table PDF
AB41,2 3Section 2 . 20.292 (1) (aj) of the statutes is created to read:
AB41,2,54 20.292 (1) (aj) Workforce growth program. The amounts in the schedule for
5grants to technical college district boards under s. 38.39.
AB41,3 6Section 3 . 20.292 (1) (fd) of the statutes is created to read:
AB41,3,3
120.292 (1) (fd) Dual enrollment opportunity grants. The amounts in the
2schedule for grants to technical college district boards under s. 38.04 (33). No moneys
3may be encumbered under this paragraph after June 30, 2019.
AB41,4 4Section 4 . 20.292 (1) (fh) of the statutes is created to read:
AB41,3,65 20.292 (1) (fh) Innovation grants. The amounts in the schedule for grants to
6technical college faculty, staff, and students under s. 38.04 (34).
AB41,5 7Section 5 . 20.292 (1) (fj) of the statutes is created to read:
AB41,3,108 20.292 (1) (fj) Veterans success grants. The amounts in the schedule for grants
9to technical college district boards under s. 38.04 (35). No moneys may be
10encumbered under this paragraph after June 30, 2021.
AB41,6 11Section 6 . 38.04 (33) of the statutes is created to read:
AB41,3,1312 38.04 (33) Dual enrollment opportunity grants. (a) In this subsection, “dual
13enrollment programs" has the meaning given in s. 38.28 (1m) (am).
AB41,3,1714 (b) From the appropriation under s. 20.292 (1) (fd), the board shall award
15grants to district boards to expand dual enrollment programs or create new dual
16enrollment programs. No grant may be awarded under this paragraph after June
1730, 2019.
AB41,7 18Section 7 . 38.04 (34) of the statutes is created to read:
AB41,3,2219 38.04 (34) Innovation grants. From the appropriation under s. 20.292 (1) (fh),
20the board shall award grants to technical college faculty, staff, and students to assist
21such persons in commercializing and bringing to market innovative technology,
22products, and processes developed at technical colleges.
AB41,8 23Section 8 . 38.04 (35) of the statutes is created to read:
AB41,3,2524 38.04 (35) Veterans success grants. (a) In this subsection, “veteran" has the
25meaning given in s. 38.24 (8) (a) 1r.
AB41,4,4
1(b) From the appropriation under s. 20.292 (1) (fj), the board shall award grants
2to district boards to expand existing efforts and implement additional strategies to
3assist veterans in a successful transition to college and careers. No grants may be
4awarded under this subsection after June 30, 2021.
AB41,9 5Section 9 . 38.28 (1m) (a) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
AB41,4,146 38.28 (1m) (a) 1. “District aidable cost" means the annual cost of operating a
7technical college district, including debt service charges for district bonds and
8promissory notes for building programs or capital equipment, but excluding all
9expenditures relating to auxiliary enterprises and community service programs, all
10expenditures funded by or reimbursed with federal revenues, all receipts under ss.
1138.04 (33), (34), and (35), 38.12 (9), 38.14 (3) and (9), 38.39, 118.15 (2) (a), and 118.55
12(7r), all receipts from grants awarded under ss. 38.04 (8), (28), and (31), 38.14 (11),
1338.26, 38.27, 38.31, 38.33, 38.38, and 38.42, all fees collected under s. 38.24, and
14driver education and chauffeur training aids.
AB41,10 15Section 10. 38.39 of the statutes is created to read:
AB41,4,25 1638.39 Workforce growth program. (1) A district board may obtain grants
17under sub. (2) for the purpose of partnering with a business, consortium of
18businesses, local workforce development board established under 29 USC 3122, or
19economic development organization that is located or provides service in the district,
20in a project to help meet local needs for supporting sectors of the economy with a
21documented skills gap or high workforce shortage, which could include
22manufacturing, energy, information technology, skilled trades, and health care. A
23project may provide for activities that address development of individuals prior to
24entering the workforce and workforce training, which could include one or more of
25the following:
AB41,5,1
1(a) Job training scholarships based on local labor market needs.
AB41,5,22 (b) Building or infrastructure construction.
AB41,5,33 (c) Equipment and material purchases.
AB41,5,44 (d) Faculty hiring.
AB41,5,65 (e) Development in partnership with industry of curricula, based on industry
6standards, that lead to certificates or degrees.
AB41,5,87 (f) Student career support services, including job placement and business
8recruitment.
AB41,5,14 9(2) From the appropriation under s. 20.292 (1) (aj), the board shall award
10grants to district boards that apply to the board to fund the costs of projects under
11sub. (1). The board shall consider the speed by which the activities specified in
12applications could meet training and employment needs and give a preference in
13awarding the grants to projects that seek to eliminate waiting lists for courses
14pertaining to jobs with high employment demand.
AB41,11 15Section 11 . Effective date.
AB41,5,1716 (1) This act takes effect on the day after publication, or on the 2nd day after
17publication of the 2017-19 biennial budget act, whichever is later.
AB41,5,1818 (End)
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