106.273 History History: 2015 a. 55. ss. 3193b, 3193be to 3193bi; 2017 a. 59, 336.
106.275 106.275 Technical education equipment grants.
106.275(1)(1)Awarding of grants.
106.275(1)(a)(a) From the appropriation under s. 20.445 (1) (b), the department may allocate up to $500,000 in each fiscal year for technical education equipment grants to school districts under this section. From that allocation, the department may award grants in the amount of not more than $50,000 to school districts whose grant applications are approved under sub. (2) (b).
106.275(1)(b) (b) A school district that is awarded a grant under this section shall use the grant moneys awarded for the acquisition of equipment that is used in advanced manufacturing fields in the workplace, together with any software necessary for the operation of that equipment and any instructional material necessary to train pupils in the operation of that equipment.
106.275(1)(c) (c) As a condition of receiving a grant under this section, a school district shall provide matching funds equal to 200 percent of the grant amount awarded. The match may be in the form of money, or the monetary value of equipment, contributed from private sources, the school district, or both.
106.275(2) (2)Grant application process.
106.275(2)(a)(a) A school district that wishes to receive a grant under this section shall apply for the grant in accordance with procedures and requirements established by the department under rules promulgated under sub. (4) (b) 1. A grant application shall describe the purpose and need for the grant, the projected outcomes that the school district is seeking to achieve as a result of receiving the grant, the amount and source of the matching funds required under sub. (1) (c), and any other information that the department may require under rules promulgated under sub. (4) (b) 1.
106.275(2)(b) (b) The department shall review and evaluate a grant application submitted under par. (a) in accordance with procedures and criteria established by the department under rules promulgated under sub. (4) (b) 2. After completing that review and evaluation, the department shall notify the school district of the department's decision on the grant application.
106.275(3) (3)Reporting requirements. Each school district that receives a grant under this section shall file a report with the department by September 1 of each of the first 3 fiscal years following the fiscal year in which the grant was received. The report shall describe how the grant moneys were expended, describe the outcomes achieved as a result of receiving the grant, share the best practices employed by the school district regarding the training of pupils in the use of the equipment acquired with the grant moneys, include a plan for sustainability of that training, and provide such other information as the department may require under rules promulgated under sub. (4) (b) 3.
106.275(4) (4)Implementation of grant program.
106.275(4)(b)(b) The department shall promulgate rules to implement this section. Those rules shall include all of the following:
106.275(4)(b)1. 1. Rules establishing the procedures and requirements for applying for a grant under sub. (2) (a), including the information that must be submitted with a grant application.
106.275(4)(b)2. 2. Rules establishing the procedures and criteria for awarding a grant under sub. (2) (b).
106.275(4)(b)3. 3. Rules governing the reporting requirements under sub. (3), including the information that must be provided in a report submitted under sub. (3).
106.275 History History: 2017 a. 59.
106.277 106.277 Grants for teacher training and recruitment.
106.277(1)(1) From the appropriation under s. 20.445 (1) (bt), the department shall award a grant to a nonprofit organization that applies on a form prepared by the department to receive a grant under this section if all of the following apply:
106.277(1)(a) (a) The organization is described under section 501 (c) (3) or (4) of the Internal Revenue Code and exempt from taxation under section 501 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
106.277(1)(b) (b) The organization operates a program to recruit and prepare individuals to teach in public or private schools located in low-income or urban school districts in this state.
106.277(1)(c) (c) The organization submits an application no later than January 15 in the year for which the organization seeks a grant under this section and includes with its application a description of the organization and its program and the manner in which grant funding will benefit the organization or has benefited the organization in the past.
106.277(2) (2) The department shall establish a process for evaluating and assigning a score to each organization eligible to receive a grant under sub. (1). If the amount appropriated under s. 20.445 (1) (bt) is insufficient to make the payments required under sub. (1), the department shall give preference in evaluating grants under this section to a nonprofit organization for each of the following:
106.277(2)(a) (a) The program trains future teachers who are enrolled in an accredited college or university in this state concurrent with the training.
106.277(2)(b) (b) The program focuses on future teachers who plan to teach in public or private schools in this state as a profession.
106.277(2)(c) (c) The program provides continuing education and professional development.
106.277(2)(d) (d) The program attempts to place a majority of its total participants in public or private schools located in low-income or urban school districts in this state.
106.277(3) (3) When awarding a grant under this section, the department may not consider the religious affiliation, if any, of the nonprofit organization or whether the organization has received funding from the state in the past.
106.277(4) (4) By February 15 of each year, the department shall make its determination regarding successful applicants and shall notify those applicants that will receive a grant under this section.
106.277 History History: 2017 a. 59.
106.30 106.30 Nursing workforce survey and grant.
106.30(1) (1)Definition. In this section, “nurse" means a registered nurse licensed under s. 441.06 or permitted under s. 441.08, a licensed practical nurse licensed or permitted under s. 441.10, an advanced practice nurse prescriber certified under s. 441.16 (2), or a nurse-midwife licensed under s. 441.15.
106.30(2) (2)Survey form. Each odd-numbered year, the department of workforce development shall develop and submit to the department of safety and professional services a survey form to gather data under s. 441.01 (7) (a) 1. to assist the department of workforce development in evaluating the supply of, demand for, and turnover among nurses in this state and in determining whether there are any regional shortages of nurses, shortages of nurses in any speciality areas, or impediments to entering the nursing profession in this state.
106.30(3) (3)Survey results. Beginning in 2011, by September 30 of each odd-numbered year, the department shall compile, process, and evaluate the survey results and submit a report of its findings to the speaker of the assembly and the president of the senate under s. 13.172 (3) and to the governor, the secretary of health services, and the nurse resource center described in sub. (5).
106.30(4) (4)Costs of survey. The department may use no more than 12 percent of the amount received under s. 20.445 (1) (km) for costs incurred by the department under subs. (2) and (3).
106.30(5) (5)Nursing workforce grants.
106.30(5)(a)(a) From the appropriation account under s. 20.445 (1) (km), the department of workforce development shall award grants equal to the amount appropriated under s. 20.445 (1) (km) minus the amount expended under sub. (4) to a nonprofit statewide nursing center that is comprised of and led by nurses and that has demonstrated coordination with constituent groups within the nursing community, including professional nursing organizations; organizations representing nurse educators, staff nurses, and nurse managers or executives; labor organizations representing nurses; the department of safety and professional services; the department of health services; and legislators who are concerned with issues affecting the nursing profession.
106.30(5)(b) (b) A statewide nursing center that receives a grant under par. (a) shall use the grant moneys to develop strategies to ensure that there is a nursing workforce that is adequate to meet the current and future health care needs of this state. The statewide nursing center may use those moneys to fund activities that are aimed at ensuring such a nursing workforce, including monitoring trends in the applicant pool for nursing education programs; evaluating the effectiveness of nursing education programs in increasing access to those programs and in enhancing career mobility for nurses, especially for populations that are underrepresented in the nursing profession; and facilitating partnerships between the nursing community and other health care providers, the department of safety and professional services, the business community, the legislature, and educators to promote diversity within the nursing profession, enhance career mobility and leadership development for nurses, and achieve consensus regarding policies aimed at ensuring an adequate nursing workforce in this state.
106.30 History History: 2009 a. 28; 2011 a. 32.
106.36 106.36 Offender reentry initiative.
106.36(1) (1) In this section, “offender" has the meaning given in 29 USC 3102 (38).
106.36(2) (2) The department shall align its workforce development activities under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, 29 USC 3101 to 3361, with the department of corrections' initiatives to reintegrate offenders into the community by doing all of the following:
106.36(2)(a) (a) Training staff of the department of corrections in the use of assessment tools to assess the educational and vocational needs and skills of offenders who are incarcerated.
106.36(2)(b) (b) Providing in its guidelines for the development of local plans under 29 USC 3123 a specific requirement that local workforce development boards established under 29 USC 3122 outline in their local plans how they will work with local and statewide offender reentry initiatives supported by the department of corrections.
106.36(2)(c) (c) Appointing a representative of the department of corrections to serve on any subcommittee of the state workforce development board established under 29 USC 3111 that is responsible for the planning and operation of, and other issues relating to, the state workforce development system to ensure that workforce development programs made available through that system provide workforce development activities serving offenders.
106.36(2)(d) (d) Integrating offender reentry initiatives supported by the department of corrections with the job center network under s. 106.14 (1) to ensure that offenders are aware of the comprehensive career planning, job placement, job training, and other resources available to them through the job center network.
106.36 History History: 2015 a. 55.
106.38 106.38 Hire Heroes program.
106.38(1) (1)Definition. In this section, “program” means the Hire Heroes program established under this section.
106.38(2) (2)Establishment. The department shall establish a Hire Heroes program to provide transitional jobs to veterans.
106.38(3) (3)Program components. The program under this section shall include all of the following features and requirements:
106.38(3)(a) (a) An individual may participate in the program for a maximum of 1,040 hours actually worked.
106.38(3)(b) (b) The employer of record shall pay the individual for hours actually worked at not less than the federal or state minimum wage that applies to the individual.
106.38(3)(c) (c) The department may reimburse an employer that employs an individual participating in the program for a minimum of 20 hours per week at a location in this state for any of the following costs that are attributable to the employment of the individual under the program:
106.38(3)(c)1. 1. A wage subsidy that is equal to an amount negotiated between the department and the employer, that is paid for each hour the individual actually worked, not to exceed 40 hours per week, and that is not more than the federal or state minimum wage that applies to the individual.
106.38(3)(c)2. 2. Federal social security and Medicare taxes.
106.38(3)(c)3. 3. State and federal unemployment insurance contributions or taxes, if any.
106.38(3)(c)4. 4. Worker's compensation insurance premiums, if any.
106.38(3)(d) (d) An employer that employs an individual participating in the program may pay the individual an amount that exceeds any wage subsidy paid to the employer by the department under par. (c) 1., except that the employer or contractor must pay the individual at least minimum wage.
106.38(3)(e) (e) The employment of an individual under this section may not do any of the following:
106.38(3)(e)1. 1. Have the effect of filling a vacancy created by an employer terminating a regular employee or otherwise reducing its work force for the purpose of hiring an individual under this section.
106.38(3)(e)2. 2. Fill a position when any other person is on layoff or strike from the same or a substantially equivalent job within the same organizational unit.
106.38(3)(e)3. 3. Fill a position when any other person is engaged in a labor dispute regarding the same or a substantially equivalent job within the same organizational unit.
106.38(4) (4)Eligibility.
106.38(4)(a)(a) To be eligible to participate in the program, an individual must satisfy all of the following criteria:
106.38(4)(a)1. 1. Be at least 18 years of age.
106.38(4)(a)2. 2. Be a veteran, as defined under s. 45.01 (12), who is verified by the department of veterans affairs.
106.38(4)(a)2m. 2m. Submit an application to the program no later than 7 years after the date of discharge from military service.
106.38(4)(a)3. 3. Be ineligible to participate in the Wisconsin Works program under ss. 49.141 to 49.161.
106.38(4)(a)4. 4. Be unemployed for at least 4 weeks.
106.38(4)(a)5. 5. Satisfy all of the requirements related to substance abuse screening, testing, and treatment under s. 49.162 that apply to the individual.
106.38(4)(b) (b) Preference for participation in the program shall be given to individuals whose household income is not more than 60 percent of the statewide median household income, excluding service-connected disability benefits payments by the U.S. department of veterans affairs.
106.38(5) (5)Memorandum of understanding for administration. The department of children and families, the department of veterans affairs, and the department of workforce development shall enter into a memorandum of understanding for the purpose of administering this section. The memorandum of understanding shall include all of the following:
106.38(5)(a) (a) That the department of veterans affairs shall refer veterans to the program and verify eligible veterans who apply for the program.
106.38(5)(b) (b) That the department of workforce development shall allocate not more than $400,000 each fiscal year from the appropriation account under s. 20.445 (1) (m) for the purposes of funding the Hire Heroes program.
106.38(5)(c) (c) That the department of workforce development shall be responsible for administering the program.
106.38(5)(d) (d) That the department of children and families, the department of veterans affairs, and the department of workforce development shall each seek additional federal funds to support the program.
106.38(5)(e) (e) That the department of workforce development, department of children and families, and department of veterans affairs shall, to the greatest extent possible, implement the program to achieve all of the following:
106.38(5)(e)1. 1. Minimization of administrative costs by using existing contractors and other arrangements made by the department of children and families in the administration of the Transform Milwaukee Jobs and Transitional Jobs programs under s. 49.163.
106.38(5)(e)2. 2. Coordination of any future expansion of the Transform Milwaukee Jobs and Transitional Jobs programs under s. 49.163 with any future expansion of the Hire Heroes program.
106.38(5)(e)3. 3. Addressing the most urgent needs of Wisconsin's unemployed veterans.
106.38(6) (6)Recovery of overpayments. The department may recover from any individual participating, or who has participated, in the program under this section any overpayment resulting from a misrepresentation by the individual as to any criterion for eligibility under sub. (3).
106.38(7) (7)Rule-making authority. The department may promulgate rules to implement the program.
106.38(8) (8)Report. Beginning in 2018, no later than December 31, the department shall prepare an annual report on the Hire Heroes program and shall submit the report to the governor, the appropriate standing committees of the legislature under s. 13.172 (3), the department of children and families, and the department of veterans affairs. The annual report shall include all of the following information about the program:
106.38(8)(a) (a) The cost of the program.
106.38(8)(b) (b) The number of applicants for the program.
106.38(8)(c) (c) The number of placements in the program.
106.38(8)(d) (d) The outcomes of the placements, including whether a veteran continued with the employer in an unsubsidized position, secured other unsubsidized employment, or did not secure an unsubsidized position after participation in the program and why, and what the post-program earnings of participants are.
106.38(8)(e) (e) Opportunities and suggestions for expansion and improvement of the program.
106.38 History History: 2017 a. 195.
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2015-16 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2017 Wis. Act 367 and all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders effective on or before May 23, 2018. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after May 23, 2018 are designated by NOTES. (Published 5-23-18)