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Substitute House Bill No. 6600

Public Act No. 03-142

AN ACT CONCERNING CAREER LADDER PROGRAMS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) The Office of Workforce Competitiveness, in consultation with the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, shall, within available appropriations, establish a Connecticut Career Ladder Advisory Committee which shall promote the creation of new career ladder programs and the enhancement of existing career ladder programs for occupations in this state with a projected workforce shortage, as forecasted by the Office of Workforce Competitiveness pursuant to section 4-124w of the general statutes.

(b) The Connecticut Career Ladder Advisory Committee shall be comprised of the following thirteen members: (1) The Commissioners of Education, Higher Education and Public Health, or their designees; (2) the Labor Commissioner, or a designee; and (3) the following public members, all of whom shall be selected by the Office of Workforce Competitiveness, in conjunction with the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, and knowledgeable about issues relative to career ladder programs or projected workforce shortage areas: (A) One member with expertise in the development of the early childhood education workforce; (B) one member with expertise in job training for women; (C) one member with expertise in the development of the health care workforce; (D) one member with expertise in labor market analysis; (E) one member representing health care employers; (F) one member representing early childhood education employers; and (G) three members with expertise in workforce development programs.

(c) All appointments to the advisory committee shall be made no later than October 1, 2003. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority. Members shall serve two-year terms and no public member shall serve for more than two consecutive terms.

(d) The advisory committee shall elect two cochairpersons from among its members. The advisory committee shall meet at least bimonthly. Members of the advisory committee shall serve without compensation, except for necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.

(e) For purposes of this section and section 2 of this act, "career ladder" means any continuum of education and training that leads to a credential, certificate, license or degree and results in career advancement or the potential to earn higher wages in an occupation with a projected workforce shortage, as forecasted by the Office of Workforce Competitiveness pursuant to section 4-124w of the general statutes.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective from passage) Not later than February 1, 2004, the Office of Workforce Competitiveness, in conjunction with the advisory committee established pursuant to section 1 of this act, shall (1) develop a three-year plan for the creation or enhancement of career ladder programs for occupations in early childhood education, child care, health care or any other occupation in this state with a projected workforce shortage for the following five years, and (2) report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to higher education and employment advancement on the development of such plan.

Approved June 26, 2003