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  • NJ A2190
  • Directs Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development to establish a pilot program to assist certain unemployed and underemployed individuals to complete a career and technical education certificate program in 12 months.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(12/5/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill directs the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development, in consultation with the Secretary of Higher Education, the county colleges, county vocational school districts, and the Adult Education-High School Equivalency Office in the Department of Education, to design and implement a pilot program through which a "qualified displaced worker" or a "qualified disadvantaged worker" as defined in the "1992 New Jersey Employment and Workforce Development Act," P.L.1992, c.43, who lacks appropriate mathematical, literacy, or technical skills, may obtain a career and technical certificate on an accelerated schedule to facilitate the worker's entry or re-entry into the workforce. The pilot program must include at least 20 industry recognized certificate programs, and the time required to complete a certificate program may not exceed 12 months. The commissioner will develop and initially offer at least 10 industry recognized certificate programs by the fall semester of the 2016-2017 academic year and at least 10 additional industry recognized certificate programs by the spring semester of the 2017-2018 academic year under the pilot program. The bill dedicates, through Fiscal Year 2022, a portion of the revenue in the Workforce Development Partnership Fund reserved for employment and training to fund the pilot program. A county college, a county vocational school district, or an adult education program operated in cooperation with the Department of Education or the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, may choose to participate in the pilot program by implementing one or more of the certificate programs. A participating entity will submit, on or before July 1 of each year of the pilot program, a report to the secretary about program participation and completion. The bill directs the secretary to submit a report to the Governor and the Legislature no later than January 1, 2022 that evaluates the results of the pilot program and its effectiveness in assisting program participants in entering or re-entering the workforce or in obtaining better employment. The report will also include a recommendation on whether the program should be continued and extended to additional certificate and technical programs.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Commerce and Economic Development
Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading  (on 12/5/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
12/5/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
12/5/2016 Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Hearing (13:00 12/5/2016 Committee Room 16, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 12/5/2016 Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee: Reported with Amendments 10 0 2