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Introduced House Bill (H)

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Career and technical education matters. Establishes the career coaching grant program and fund. Provides that the governor's workforce cabinet (cabinet) shall administer the grant program and fund. Provides that the skills enhancement fund may be used to support cooperative arrangements between school corporations or charter schools and businesses if the cooperative arrangement leads to: (1) a postsecondary credential for a new hire; or (2) an increase of wages and a postsecondary credential for an incumbent employee. Provides that the cabinet shall receive, distribute, and account for all funds received for career and technical education under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Career and technical education matters. Establishes the career coaching grant program and fund. Provides that the governor's workforce cabinet (cabinet) shall administer the grant program and fund. Provides that the skills enhancement fund may be used to support cooperative arrangements between school corporations or charter schools and businesses if the cooperative arrangement leads to: (1) a postsecondary credential for a new hire; or (2) an increase of wages and a postsecondary credential for an incumbent employee. Provides that the cabinet shall receive, distribute, and account for all funds received for career and technical education under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Act. Increases, from $500 to $1,000, the maximum work Indiana grant amount that may be awarded. Provides that a teacher who teaches a career or technical education course may be eligible to receive a pay supplement. Provides that each school in a school corporation and each charter school shall submit as part of a school's improvement plan to the department a summary of how the school will implement the career standards curriculum. Provides that the department of education (department) shall review the submitted plans every two years and may review a plan at random to review the relevancy of the plan to the changing economy. Provides that the department shall assist schools in incorporating best practices regarding the career curriculum from around the state. Provides that each student is required to enroll, in either grade 9 or grade 10, in either: (1) a course to prepare the student for college or a career; or (2) an introductory level career and technical education course. Provides that a graduation plan should include the postsecondary goals of the student. Provides that a contract between a career and technical education center and a school or school corporation is a public document under Indiana's open door law. Provides that a school corporation that has entered into an agreement for a joint program of career and technical education may add a new career and technical education course to its curriculum without being approved by the joint program board or the governing body overseeing the joint program if the course is being offered in partnership with certain entities that are eligible to receive funding under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and are listed on the department of workforce development's (DWD) eligible training provider list on the DWD's Internet web site. Makes changes to the career and technical education funding formula. Provides that the next level jobs employer training grant program is established to provide grants to reimburse training costs to employers for newly trained employees which leads to: (1) a postsecondary credential for a new hire; or (2) an increase of wages and a postsecondary credential for an incumbent employee. Provides that a workforce ready grant may be used at a state educational institution. (Current law provides that a workforce ready grant may be used at Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University.) Resolves a conflict between HEA 1074-2018 and HEA 1002-2018. Provides that if the general assembly appropriates money to the DWD for career and technical education innovation and advancement in the biennial state budget for state fiscal years beginning July 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2021, the DWD shall allocate $20,000,000 from money appropriated to the DWD for career and technical education innovation and advancement for purposes of providing next level jobs employer training grants. Makes appropriations. Makes technical corrections. ... View more