SB44 (2021) Detail

(New Title) establishing the New Hampshire workforce pathway program.


SB 44 - AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE

 

03/11/2021   0783s

2021 SESSION

21-0990

04/05

 

SENATE BILL 44

 

AN ACT establishing the New Hampshire workforce pathway program.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Kahn, Dist 10; Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20; Sen. Whitley, Dist 15; Sen. Prentiss, Dist 5; Sen. Rosenwald, Dist 13; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 1; Sen. Soucy, Dist 18; Sen. Sherman, Dist 24; Rep. Ladd, Graf. 4; Rep. Myler, Merr. 10; Rep. Luneau, Merr. 10

 

COMMITTEE: Commerce

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a workforce pathway program in the community college system of New Hampshire.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

03/11/2021   0783s 21-0990

04/05

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

 

AN ACT establishing the New Hampshire workforce pathway program.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Subdivision; Workforce Pathway Program.  Amend RSA 188-F by inserting after section 69 the following new subdivision:

Workforce Pathway Program

188-F:70  Definitions.  In this subdivision:

I.  "High demand workforce credential" means a credential that is:

(a)  Necessary for performing functions of an occupation based on standards developed or endorsed by employers and/or the office of professional licensure and certification.

(b)  Portable and recognized by multiple employers, educational institutions, and across geographic areas where appropriate.

(c)  Competency-based.

(d)  Convertable, valid, and relevant in the workplace, and able to be continuously updated to workplace needs.

(e)  Reviewed for articulated credit into postsecondary degree programs.

(f)  Part of a career pathways framework and lead to an industry-recognized credential or a postsecondary degree.

II.  "Workforce training certificate provider" means the community college system of New Hampshire, career and technical education centers, and apprenticeship programs including those recognized by the United States Department of Labor.

III.  Workforce training program" means programs that are credit, noncredit, or convertible into credit through competency-based equivalency, which lead to certificate completion in not more than 6 months.

IV.  "Job-entry position" means a position requiring a high school graduation and/or a certificate of completion of post-high school education.

V.  "Job-ready credential" means a credential that, through education, provides a basis for future experience and education necessary for attaining higher skills, higher salaries, and increased mobility.  

188-F:71  Workforce Pathway Program Established.

I.  There is hereby established the workforce pathway program which shall be administered by the community college system of New Hampshire.  The purpose of the workforce pathway program is to advance the skills and placement of unemployed and underemployed New Hampshire adults into high demand, job-entry positions by providing job-ready credentials through a certificate program, offered by a workforce training certificate provider, lasting no more than 6 months and at no cost to participants.  The workforce pathway program shall use existing mechanisms to fill jobs in designated workforce sector priority areas, and use resources from federal Workforce Opportunity Investment Act allocated to the state, employment security job training funds under RSA 282-A:182, and community college system of New Hampshire’s financial aid programs, that include qualifying students for federal Pell Awards.

II.(a)  The workforce pathway program shall provide training to furloughed, laid off, dislocated, underserved, or other populations affected by COVID-19 to fill employment gaps in the state and develop short-term pre-employment training and short-term early employment training for student and workforce participants that meet the needs of businesses creating jobs and economic growth in the state.

(b)  The community college system of New Hampshire, in partnership with the department of employment security, shall identify students who qualify under this subdivision.

III.  The workforce pathway program shall:

(a)  Partner with the department of employment security, department of economic affairs’ director of workforce development, and career and technical education centers.

(b)  Partner with businesses that have significant hiring demands for job-entry occupations in the state.

(c)  Coordinate with the department of employment security, education agencies and providers, and employers to create effective recruitment initiatives to attract student and workforce participants and business participants to the program.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Links

SB44 at GenCourtMobile
SB44 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 19, 2021 Senate Hearing
Senate Floor Vote
Feb. 11, 2021 Senate Floor Vote
March 11, 2021 Senate Floor Vote
April 21, 2021 House Hearing
May 20, 2021 House Exec Session

Bill Text Revisions

SB44 Revision: 32171 Date: March 11, 2021, 5:07 p.m.
SB44 Revision: 31925 Date: Jan. 13, 2021, 9:04 a.m.

Docket


May 20, 2021: Executive Session: 05/20/2021 09:00 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/92551660487


May 13, 2021: Full Committee Work Session: 05/13/2021 09:00 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/94308033489


April 21, 2021: Public Hearing: 04/21/2021 09:15 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/97777026171 / Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day (time permitting) from the time the committee is initially convened.


Feb. 25, 2021: Introduced (in recess of) 02/25/2021 and referred to Education HJ 4 P. 50


March 18, 2021: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2021-0783s, RC 22Y-2N, MA; OT3rdg; 03/18/2021; SJ 7


March 11, 2021: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2021-0783s, RC 22Y-2N, MA; OT3rdg; 03/11/2021; SJ 7


March 11, 2021: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2021-0783s, RC 22Y-2N, MA; OT3rdg; 03/11/2021; SJ 7


March 11, 2021: Sen. Giuda Floor Amendment # 2021-0783s, RC 24Y-0N, AA; 03/11/2021; SJ 7


March 11, 2021: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 03/11/2021; SC 14


Feb. 11, 2021: Ought to Pass: RC 22Y-2N, MA; Refer to Finance Rule 4-5; 02/11/2021; SJ 4


Feb. 11, 2021: Ought to Pass: RC 22-2, MA; Refer to Finance Rule 4-5; 02/11/2021; SJ 4


: Committee Report: Ought to Pass


Feb. 11, 2021: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 02/11/2021; SC 10


Jan. 19, 2021: Remote Hearing: 01/19/2021, 10:20 am; Links to join the hearing can be found in the Senate Calendar; SC 7


Jan. 6, 2021: Introduced 01/06/2021 and Referred to Commerce; SJ 3