2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
February 28, 2013 - Introduced by Senators Lassa,
Shilling, Lehman, C. Larson,
Miller, Jauch and Vinehout, cosponsored by Representatives Doyle,
Danou, Krug, Jorgensen, Hulsey, Hebl, Bernard Schaber, Berceau, Kahl,
Milroy, Richards, Kolste, Ringhand, Ohnstad and Johnson. Referred to
Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges.
1An Act to amend
38.28 (1m) (a) 1.; and
20.292 (1) (aj) and 38.39 of the 2
statutes; relating to: workforce growth grants to technical college districts and
3making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill allows a technical college 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 Technical College
System Board to award grants to technical college districts that apply to the board
to fund the costs of such projects. In awarding the grants, the bill requires the
Technical College System 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.
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:
20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert 2
the following amounts for the purposes indicated:
- See PDF for table
20.292 (1) (aj) of the statutes is created to read:
(aj) Workforce growth program.
The amounts in the schedule for 5
grants to technical college districts under s. 38.39.
38.28 (1m) (a) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) 1. "District aidable cost" means the annual cost of operating a 8
technical college district, including debt service charges for district bonds and 9
promissory notes for building programs or capital equipment, but excluding all 10
expenditures relating to auxiliary enterprises and community service programs, all 11
expenditures funded by or reimbursed with federal revenues, all receipts under sub. 12
(6) and ss. 38.12 (9), 38.14 (3) and (9), 38.39,
118.15 (2) (a), and 118.55 (7r), all receipts 13
from grants awarded under ss. 38.04 (8), (20), (28), and (31), 38.14 (11), 38.26, 38.27, 14
38.33, and 38.38, all fees collected under s. 38.24, and driver education and chauffeur 15
38.39 of the statutes is created to read:
138.39 Workforce growth program.
A district board may obtain grants 2
under sub. (2) for the purpose of partnering with a business, consortium of 3
businesses, local workforce development board established under 29 USC 2832
, or 4
economic development organization, that is located or provides service in the district, 5
in a project to help meet local needs for supporting sectors of the economy with a 6
documented skills gap or high workforce shortage, which could include 7
manufacturing, energy, information technology, skilled trades, and health care. A 8
project may provide for activities that address development of individuals prior to 9
entering the workforce and workforce training, which could include one or more of 10
(a) Job training scholarships based on local labor market needs.
(b) Building or infrastructure construction.
(c) Equipment and material purchases.
(d) Faculty hiring.
(e) Development in partnership with industry of curricula, based on industry 16
standards, that lead to certificates or degrees.
(f) Student career support services, including job placement and business 18
From the appropriation under s. 20.292 (1) (aj), the board shall award 20
grants to district boards that apply to the board to fund the costs of projects under 21
sub. (1). The board shall consider the speed by which the activities specified in 22
applications could meet training and employment needs and give a preference in 23
awarding the grants to projects that seek to eliminate waiting lists for courses 24
pertaining to jobs with high employment demand.
(1) This act takes effect on the day after publication, or on the 2nd day after 2
publication of the 2013-15 biennial budget act, whichever is later.