Senate Bill (S)

DIGEST

Workforce development; career and technical education. Establishes the Pell grant review committee consisting of 10 members to: (1) study the requirements for the award of a Pell grant, including the postsecondary courses of study for which a Pell grant may be awarded; (2) determine whether those courses of study include programs that award diplomas, technical certificates, industry recognized certifications, credentials, or degrees, other than a baccalaureate degree, or an apprenticeship program; and (3) submit, not later than November 1, 2018, to the governor and the legislative council a report concerning the results of the review. Provides an income tax credit Workforce development; career and technical education. Establishes the Pell grant review committee consisting of 10 members to: (1) study the requirements for the award of a Pell grant, including the postsecondary courses of study for which a Pell grant may be awarded; (2) determine whether those courses of study include programs that award diplomas, technical certificates, industry recognized certifications, credentials, or degrees, other than a baccalaureate degree, or an apprenticeship program; and (3) submit, not later than November 1, 2018, to the governor and the legislative council a report concerning the results of the review. Provides an income tax credit to an individual who relocates to Indiana to accept employment with an Indiana employer in a high demand, unfilled job. Applies to taxable years beginning in 2019 through 2021. Provides that the tax credit amount is 100% of the individual's income tax liability for the two taxable years following the year the taxpayer relocates to Indiana. Establishes a state income tax credit for expenditures and donations made on behalf of an employee or student to meet the requirements for portable workforce credentials that are required or beneficial for targeted employment identified by the department of workforce development. Applies to taxable years beginning in 2019 through 2021. Requires the commission for technical education (commission) to identify workforce training programs that are underperforming and request that the budget agency reduce allotments for the program for the state fiscal year and limits the amount of tax credits in that state fiscal year to the amount the allotments are reduced. Requires Ivy Tech Community College, in collaboration with Vincennes University, to develop a career coaching program to provide information and support to high school students and their parents to encourage and assist students in successfully: (1) enrolling in and completing postsecondary career and technical education; or (2) obtaining a high demand job after completing high school. Requires the state board of education, when establishing an apprenticeship as a graduation pathway requirement, to establish as an apprenticeship program only an apprenticeship program registered under the federal National Apprenticeship Act or another federal apprenticeship program administered by the United States Department of Labor. Establishes the commission, consisting of 21 members, as an instrumentality and an agency of the state to: (1) plan for, coordinate, oversee, and make recommendations regarding Indiana's system of career and technical education offered by Ivy Tech Community College, Vincennes University, secondary level career and technical education programs, career and technical education centers, schools, or departments, and state providers of workforce related programs; (2) review appropriation requests of career and technical education providers; and (3) make recommendations to the governor, the budget agency, and the general assembly concerning career and technical education programs. Allows the commission to create advisory committees to assist the commission with its duties. Requires the commission to develop, update, and implement a long range plan for career and technical education. Allows the commission to approve or disapprove the: (1) establishment of any new career and technical education program by a state provider; or (2) offering of any proposed or existing career and technical education program leading to an industry recognized certification, credential, or other indication of accomplishment. Requires the commission to submit an annual report in electronic format to the general assembly concerning career and technical education in Indiana. Establishes the: (1) higher education non-credit bearing award and fund; (2) freedom of choice non-credit bearing award and fund; and (3) the twenty-first century scholars non-credit bearing award and fund (collectively referred to as programs). Provides that the programs shall be administered by the commission. Adds definition of a "qualified career and technical education program". Provides that students who attend qualified career and technical education may qualify to participate in the programs. Requires the state auditor to transfer, for the state fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018, to the commission 40% of the appropriation to the commission for higher education for: (1) higher education awards; (2) freedom of choice awards; and (3) twenty-first century scholars awards; to the programs funds in order to provide awards to students who attend qualified career and technical programs. Makes conforming and technical amendments. ... View more