2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
February 8, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives Rohrkaste, Gundrum, Kulp,
Murphy, Ramthun, Thiesfeldt, Wichgers, Zimmerman and Tusler,
cosponsored by Senators Feyen, Darling, Marklein and Cowles. Referred to
Committee on Workforce Development.
1An Act to create
20.445 (1) (bb) and 106.27 (1k) of the statutes;
2workforce training grants for seminars in high-demand fields to teach new
3skills and provide micro-credentials and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill allows the Department of Workforce Development to award grants to
nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education in high-demand fields
for the purpose of upskilling unemployed and underemployed workers in this state
and providing micro-credentials to such individuals. The bill defines “upskilling” as
the process of teaching new skills and a “micro-credential” as a stand-alone
education product that certifies the achievement of a set of skills and knowledge
required by an industry or a professional association.
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:
20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert 5
the following amounts for the purposes indicated:
- See PDF for table
20.445 (1) (bb) of the statutes is created to read:
(bb) Workforce training program; new skills and micro-credentials
Biennially, the amounts in the schedule for making the grants under s. 106.27 (1k). 4
Notwithstanding s. 20.001 (3) (b), the unencumbered balance on June 30, 2021, shall 5
be transferred to the appropriation account under s. 20.445 (1) (bg). No moneys may 6
be encumbered from this appropriation after June 30, 2021.
106.27 (1k) of the statutes is created to read:
106.27 (1k) Workforce training program; new skills and micro-credentials. 9
(a) From the appropriation under s. 20.445 (1) (bb), the department shall award 10
grants to nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education, as defined in 1120 USC 1001
(a) and (b), to create and administer seminars in high-demand fields, 12
as determined by the department, for the purpose of upskilling unemployed and 13
underemployed workers in this state and providing micro-credentials to such 14
individuals. The total amount that a grant recipient charges individuals to attend 15
seminars and obtain credentials as described in this paragraph may not exceed 10 16
percent of the actual cost to create and administer the seminars and provide the 17
(b) In this subsection:
1. “Micro-credential” means a stand-alone education product that certifies the 2
achievement of a set of skills and knowledge required by an industry or a professional 3
2. “Upskilling” means the process of teaching new skills.