Engrossed House Bill (H)

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Workforce development. Requires the state board of education to use data from the department of workforce development (DWD) in developing and implementing certain plans, recommendations, and other matters relating to career and technical education. Requires the department of education (department) to implement a pilot program for instruction in and the use of the Indiana career explorer program and curriculum by all students in grade 8 attending schools in 15 school corporations. Provides that the pilot program expires July 1, 2018, unless the department determines the pilot program shall be extended until July 1, 2019. Provides that beginning on July 1, Workforce development. Requires the state board of education to use data from the department of workforce development (DWD) in developing and implementing certain plans, recommendations, and other matters relating to career and technical education. Requires the department of education (department) to implement a pilot program for instruction in and the use of the Indiana career explorer program and curriculum by all students in grade 8 attending schools in 15 school corporations. Provides that the pilot program expires July 1, 2018, unless the department determines the pilot program shall be extended until July 1, 2019. Provides that beginning on July 1, in the year in which the pilot program expires, each school within a school corporation and charter school must include in the school's curriculum for all students in grade 8 either: (1) instruction in and the use of the Indiana career explorer program and curriculum; or (2) an alternative system and curriculum approved by the department. Requires the DWD, with approval of the state board of education, to designate each career and technical education program (program) based on specified program designations. Provides that a program must be approved by the DWD in order for a school corporation to receive a career and technical education enrollment grant (grant). Specifies the calculation and the amount of a school corporation's grant beginning after June 30, 2018. Makes changes to the definitions used to determine grant amounts. Provides that each school corporation that receives a grant must report to the department the pupil count and per pupil cost for each program in which the school corporation receives a grant. Requires the department to post the school corporation's pupil count and per pupil costs reported to the department on the department's Internet web site. Specifies the requirements for the award of a high value workforce ready credit-bearing grant and a high value workforce ready noncredit-bearing grant. Adds an applicant who attends or has attended an accredited nonpublic school or a nonaccredited nonpublic school as eligible to receive a high value workforce ready credit-bearing grant. Establishes conditions for the renewal of a high value workforce ready credit-bearing grant, and provides alternatives to maintenance of satisfactory academic progress that allow a student to qualify for and renew an adult student grant and a high value workforce ready credit-bearing grant. Establishes the maximum period during which a student may receive an adult study grant and a high value workforce ready credit-bearing grant. Establishes the high value workforce ready grant program implementation fund, administered by DWD and the commission for higher education, to award high value workforce ready grants and administer the grant program. Requires the DWD to give a veteran or the spouse of a veteran priority for placement in any federal or state employment or training program administered by the DWD if the veteran or the veteran's spouse: (1) submits documentation satisfactory to the DWD establishing the veteran's honorable discharge from service; and (2) meets the eligibility requirements for the program. Establish the governor's advisory commission on workforce development to make recommendations to the legislative council regarding the alignment of workforce programs and funding in the areas of secondary (including career and technical grants), postsecondary, and adult training and retraining in order to focus on meeting the needs of Indiana employers. Makes conforming amendments. ... View more