CHAPTER 556a
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

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Sec. 31-11l. Definitions.
Sec. 31-11m. Workforce Investment Act funds.
Sec. 31-11n. Workforce Investment Act funds allocated to regional workforce development boards. Limitations.
Sec. 31-11o. Connecticut Employment and Training Commission to act as state-wide workforce development board.
Sec. 31-11p. Development of workforce development plan. Required contents.
Sec. 31-11q. Submission of comprehensive state performance measures developed by Connecticut Employment and Training Commission to General Assembly.
Sec. 31-11r. Submission of workforce development plan to Governor; prior General Assembly approval. Submission of plan by Governor to United States Secretary of Labor. Requests for waiver.
Sec. 31-11s. Connecticut Employment and Training Commission recommendations re appropriation of Workforce Investment Act funds.
Sec. 31-11t. Criteria for evaluation of funded programs: Connecticut Employment and Training Commission responsibilities.
Sec. 31-11u. Continuation of other education, employment or job training programs or contracts.
Secs. 31-11v and 31-11w.
Sec. 31-11x. Comprehensive job training and related services, grants for. Definitions. Regulations.
Secs. 31-11y and 31-11z.
Sec. 31-11aa. Information technology workforce development plan.
Sec. 31-11bb. Adult Literacy Leadership Board: Definitions.
Sec. 31-11cc. Adult Literacy Leadership Board: Members.
Sec. 31-11dd. Adult Literacy Leadership Board: Duties and responsibilities. Report and report card.
Sec. 31-11ee. Adult Literacy Leadership Board: Strategic plan.

      Sec. 31-11l. Definitions. As used in this section, sections 31-3h, 31-3i, 31-3k and 31-3l and sections 31-11m to 31-11u, inclusive:

      (1) "At-risk worker" means a worker who may lose employment due to factors including, but not limited to, an announced layoff, business shut-down or relocation, a new job skill requirement for which the worker is not trained, a change or reduction in wages, hours or benefits such that the worker must seek other employment in order to meet the self-sufficiency measurement calculated by the Office of Policy and Management pursuant to section 4-66e or a change or reduction in available transportation such that the worker is forced to seek new employment.

      (2) "Customized job training" means training (A) that is designed to meet the special requirements of an employer, including a group of employers, (B) that is conducted with a commitment by the employer to employ an individual upon successful completion of the training, and (C) for which the employer pays not less than fifty per cent of the cost of the training.

      (3) "Dislocated worker" means an individual who:

      (A) (i) Has been terminated or laid off, or has received a notice of termination or layoff, from employment; (ii) is eligible for or has exhausted entitlement to unemployment compensation, or has been employed for a duration sufficient to demonstrate, to the appropriate entity at a one-stop center referred to in Section 134(c) of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, attachment to the workforce, but is not eligible for unemployment compensation due to insufficient earnings or having performed services for an employer that were not covered under chapter 567; or (iii) is unlikely to return to a previous industry or occupation;

      (B) (i) Has been terminated or laid off, or has received a notice of termination or layoff, from employment as a result of any permanent closure of, or any substantial layoff at, a plant, facility or enterprise; (ii) is employed at a facility at which the employer has made a general announcement that such facility will close within one hundred eighty days; or (iii) for purposes of eligibility to receive services, other than training services described in subdivision (14) of subsection (b) of section 31-11p, intensive services described in subdivision (13) of subsection (b) of said section, or supportive services, is employed at a facility at which the employer has made a general announcement that such facility will close;

      (C) Was self-employed, including employment as a farmer, rancher or fisherman, but is unemployed as a result of general economic conditions in the community in which the individual resides or because of natural disasters; or

      (D) Is a displaced homemaker.

      (4) "Displaced homemaker" means an individual who has been providing unpaid services to family members in the home and who (A) has been dependent on the income of another family member, but is no longer supported by that income; and (B) is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.

      (5) "Eligible provider" means:

      (A) With respect to training services, a provider who is identified in accordance with Section 122(e)(3) of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended;

      (B) With respect to intensive services, a provider who is identified or awarded a contract as described in Section 134(d)(3)(B) of said act;

      (C) With respect to youth activities, a provider who is awarded a grant or contract in accordance with Section 123 of said act;

      (D) With respect to other workforce investment activities, a public or private entity selected to be responsible for such activities, such as a one-stop operator designated or certified under Section 121(d) of said act.

      (6) "Incumbent worker" means an individual who is employed, but who is in need of additional skills, training or education in order to upgrade employment.

      (7) "On-the-job training" means training by an employer that is provided to a paid participant while engaged in productive work in a job that (A) provides knowledge or skills essential to the full and adequate performance of the job; (B) provides reimbursement to the employer of up to fifty per cent of the wage rate of the participant, for the extraordinary costs of providing the training and additional supervision related to the training; and (C) is limited in duration as appropriate to the occupation for which the participant is being trained, taking into account the content of the training, the prior work experience of the participant and the service strategy of the participant, as appropriate.

      (8) "Participant" means an individual who has been determined to be eligible to participate in and who is receiving services, except follow-up services authorized under Title I of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, under a program authorized by said title and sections 31-3h and 31-3i, subsection (b) of section 31-3k, section 31-3l, this section and sections 31-11m to 31-11u, inclusive. Participation shall be deemed to commence on the first day, following determination of eligibility, on which the individual begins receiving subsidized employment, training or other services provided under said title and said sections.

      (9) "Supportive services" means services such as transportation, child care, dependent care, and needs-related payments, that are necessary to enable an individual to participate in activities authorized under Title I of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, consistent with the provisions of said title.

      (10) "Underemployed worker" means a worker whose education and skill level limit such worker's earning capacity to an hourly wage below one hundred per cent of the self-sufficiency measurement calculated by the Office of Policy and Management pursuant to section 4-66e.

      (P.A. 99-195, S. 1, 15.)

      History: P.A. 99-195 effective June 23, 1999.

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      Sec. 31-11m. Workforce Investment Act funds. (a) All funds received by the state of Connecticut under the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, shall be deposited into the General Fund.

      (b) (1) Funds reserved for state-wide investment activities by the state of Connecticut from the amounts allotted to the state under Sections 127(b)(1)(C), 132(b)(1)(B) and 132(b)(2)(B) of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, shall be consistent with the provisions of Section 128(a) of said act.

      (2) Such reserved funds may be used only to carry out state-wide youth activities described in Section 129(b) of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, or state-wide employment and training activities, for adults or for dislocated workers, described in Section 134(a)(2)(B) or Section 134(a)(3) of said act, provided such use is consistent with the Connecticut workforce development plan developed by the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission under section 31-11p. The percentage of such reserved funds that are used for administrative costs shall be consistent with the provisions of Section 134(a)(3)(B) of said act. For purposes of this subdivision and subdivision (3) of this subsection, "administrative costs" has the same meaning as in 20 CFR Part 667, Subpart B.

      (P.A. 99-195, S. 6, 15.)

      History: P.A. 99-195 effective June 23, 1999.

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      Sec. 31-11n. Workforce Investment Act funds allocated to regional workforce development boards. Limitations. (a) Funds allocated to each regional workforce development board under the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, shall be reserved by such board, in a manner consistent with the provisions of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, to fund comprehensive job training and related services or related job opportunities programs administered by eligible providers, including, but not limited to, opportunities industrialization centers and community action programs, as defined in section 17b-885, within such board's region.

      (b) Funds reserved for administrative costs by a regional workforce development board shall be consistent with the provisions of Section 128(b)(4) of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended.

      (P.A. 99-195, S. 7, 15.)

      History: P.A. 99-195 effective June 23, 1999.

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      Sec. 31-11o. Connecticut Employment and Training Commission to act as state-wide workforce development board. The Connecticut Employment and Training Commission established under section 31-3h is hereby recognized as the state-wide workforce development board for purposes of complying with the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended.

      (P.A. 99-195, S. 8, 15.)

      History: P.A. 99-195 effective June 23, 1999.

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      Sec. 31-11p. Development of workforce development plan. Required contents. (a) The Connecticut Employment and Training Commission, in consultation with the regional workforce development boards, shall develop a single Connecticut workforce development plan that outlines a five-year strategy for the state of Connecticut's workforce development system and meets the requirements of Sections 111 and 112 of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended. Said plan shall serve as a framework for the development of public policy, fiscal investment and operation of workforce education and job training programs and shall constitute the single state plan for purposes of Section 112 of said act. The Connecticut Employment and Training Commission, in consultation with the regional workforce development boards, shall update said plan at least once every five years.

      (b) The plan shall, at a minimum, include:

      (1) Long-term goals for the state's workforce development system. Such goals shall include local control of service delivery, one-stop delivery of services, individual choice for individuals served by the system, accountability for provider performance, coordination of workforce development activities integrating state and federal resources and the establishment of ties between funding and actual participation in training activities;

      (2) Short-term goals, benchmarks and performance measures that the state will use to measure its progress towards meeting the long-term goals identified in subdivision (1) of this subsection;

      (3) Identification of the role each institution, entity, organization and program plays in the state-wide workforce development system;

      (4) Ways to improve access to public and certified nonpublic postsecondary educational institutions;

      (5) A strategy for assessing unmet workforce preparation needs;

      (6) A description of comprehensive performance measures to ensure coordination and eliminate duplication of services;

      (7) A strategy for assessing types of jobs for which there are shortages of available qualified workers and the geographical concentration of unmet workforce needs in this state;

      (8) A strategy for maximizing or redirecting funding to deliver services more effectively to meet the state's workforce development needs;

      (9) A provision stating that the members of the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission and the regional workforce development boards shall comply with state ethics laws and the applicable provisions of Sections 111(f) and 117(g) of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended;

      (10) A provision stating that the Labor Commissioner and the Commissioners of Social Services and Education shall develop a coordinated program of referring workforce development participants to supportive services, including, but not limited to, transportation and child care services for eligible participants of workforce activities. Such program shall include a requirement that each regional workforce development board submit an annual report to the commission on or before January 31, 2000, and each January thirty-first thereafter detailing such board's plan for coordinating such supportive services;

      (11) A description of the state of Connecticut's proposed one-stop delivery system, which shall be consistent with the provisions of Section 134(c) of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, and shall include a description of the following components: (A) A uniform individual training accounts voucher system which shall be used by the regional workforce development boards to pay for training of eligible workers by eligible providers and which shall include a reporting system that ties funding to actual participation in training programs, (B) the core services, as identified in subdivision (12) of this subsection, which shall be available to adults or dislocated workers, including exemptions from core services, (C) the intensive services, as identified in subdivision (13) of this subsection, which shall be available to adults or dislocated workers who have received the maximum amount of core services but were unable to obtain employment through such core services, including prerequisites for obtaining such intensive services and exemptions from such prerequisites, and (D) the training services, as identified in subdivision (14) of this subsection, which shall be available to adults or dislocated workers who have received intensive services, but were unable to obtain unsubsidized employment through such intensive services, including prerequisites for obtaining such training services and exemptions from such prerequisites;

      (12) Identification of core services available under the one-stop delivery system, which shall, at a minimum, include: (A) Determination of whether individuals are eligible to receive assistance under Subtitle B of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended; (B) outreach, intake and orientation to the information and other services available through the one-stop delivery system; (C) a uniform assessment procedure for screening adults and dislocated workers which shall include, but not be limited to, initial assessment of skill levels, aptitudes, abilities, supportive service needs and for application of the self-sufficiency measurement developed in accordance with the provisions of section 4-66e; (D) job search and placement assistance and, where appropriate, career counseling; (E) provision of (i) employment statistics information, including the provision of accurate information concerning local, regional and national labor market areas, including job vacancy listings in such labor market areas, information on job skills necessary to obtain such vacant jobs and information relating to local occupations in demand and the earnings and skill requirements for such occupations; (ii) provider performance information and program cost information on eligible providers of training services, as described in Section 122 of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, provided by program, and eligible providers of youth activities described in Section 123 of said act, eligible providers of adult education described in Title II of said act, providers of postsecondary vocational education activities and vocational education activities, which shall include, but not be limited to, preapprentice programs available through, but not limited to, regional vocational-technical schools, available to school dropouts under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act, 20 USC 2301, et seq., and providers of vocational rehabilitation program activities described in Title I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 USC 720, et seq.; (iii) information regarding how the local area is performing on the local performance measures and any additional performance information with respect to the one-stop delivery system in the local area; (iv) accurate information concerning the availability of supportive services, including child care and transportation, available through the local area and referral to such services, as appropriate; (v) information regarding filing claims for unemployment compensation under chapter 567; (F) assistance in establishing eligibility for programs of financial aid assistance for training and education programs that are not funded under said act and are available through the local area; (G) follow-up services, including counseling regarding the workplace, for participants in workforce investment activities authorized under Subtitle B of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, who are placed in unsubsidized employment, for not less than twelve months after the first day of the employment, as appropriate; and (H) assistance in establishing eligibility for authorized activities under Section 403(a)(5) of the Social Security Act, as added by Section 5001 of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, available in the local area. For purposes of this subdivision, "local area" refers to an area designated as such pursuant to Section 116 of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended;

      (13) Identification of intensive services available under the one-stop delivery system, which services may include (A) comprehensive and specialized assessments of the skill levels and service needs of adults and dislocated workers, which may include diagnostic testing, use of special education planning and placement teams and use of other assessment tools and in-depth interviewing and evaluation to identify employment barriers and appropriate employment goals; (B) development of an individual employment plan to identify the employment goals, appropriate achievement objectives and appropriate combination of services for the participant to achieve the employment goals; (C) group counseling; (D) individual counseling and career planning; (E) case management for participants seeking training services authorized under the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended; and (F) short-term prevocational services, including development of learning skills, communication skills, interviewing skills, punctuality, personal maintenance skills and professional conduct, to prepare individuals for unsubsidized employment or training;

      (14) Identification of training services authorized under the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, that are available under the one-stop delivery system, which services may include a combination of occupational skills training, including training for nontraditional employment, on-the-job training, programs that combine workplace training with related instruction, which may include cooperative education programs, training programs operated by the private sector, skill upgrading and retraining, entrepreneurial training, job readiness training, adult education and literacy activities and customized job training conducted with a commitment by an employer or group of employers to employ an individual upon successful completion of the training;

      (15) Development of a uniform system of identifying and certifying eligible providers of the training services described in subdivision (13) of this subsection, which system shall (A) incorporate each of the requirements of Section 122 of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, and (B) be used by each regional workforce development board in selecting an eligible provider of training services;

      (16) A strategy for the establishment of (A) regional youth councils by the regional workforce development boards, which regional youth councils shall (i) recommend eligible providers of youth activities to the council and conduct oversight of eligible providers of youth activities; (ii) in cooperation with local boards of education, identify available programs and activities to assist youths in completing education programs; (iii) identify available programs and activities to assist youths in securing and preserving employment; and (iv) coordinate youth activities with Job Corps services, coordinate youth activities authorized under the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, and improve the connection between court-involved youths and the state labor market; and (B) criteria for selection of regional youth council members and awarding youth program grants for state-wide youth activities described in Section 129(b) of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended;

      (17) Development of a program to provide job readiness and job search training to unemployed and underemployed noncustodial parents no later than July 1, 2000;

      (18) Development of a career pathways program to link alternative education programs to regional community-technical colleges and work-related learning no later than October 1, 2000; and

      (19) Any other provisions required to be included in the plan under Sections 111 and 112 of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended.

      (c) The Governor may submit modifications to the single Connecticut workforce development plan approved by the United States Secretary of Labor as necessary during the five-year period covered by the plan, with the advice and assistance of the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission, provided such modifications are (1) approved by the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations, education, labor and social services, and (2) consistent with the requirements of Sections 111 and 112 of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended.

      (P.A. 99-195, S. 9, 15; P.A. 06-196, S. 160.)

      History: P.A. 99-195 effective June 23, 1999; P.A. 06-196 made technical changes in Subsec. (b)(16), effective June 7, 2006.

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      Sec. 31-11q. Submission of comprehensive state performance measures developed by Connecticut Employment and Training Commission to General Assembly. On or before October 15, 1999, the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission shall submit to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to appropriations, education, labor and social services the comprehensive state performance measures developed by said commission in accordance with the provisions of subdivision (5) of subsection (b) of section 31-3h for activities specified in Title I of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, and annually thereafter during any year in which such performance measures are modified.

      (P.A. 99-195, S. 10, 15.)

      History: P.A. 99-195 effective June 23, 1999.

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      Sec. 31-11r. Submission of workforce development plan to Governor; prior General Assembly approval. Submission of plan by Governor to United States Secretary of Labor. Requests for waiver. (a) On or before January 1, 2000, the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission shall submit a single Workforce Development Plan to the Governor, which plan shall (1) be approved by the General Assembly, (2) comply with the requirements of section 31-11p, and (3) comply with the requirements of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended.

      (b) On or before March 15, 2000, the Governor shall submit a single Connecticut Workforce Development Plan to the United States Secretary of Labor, which plan shall satisfy the requirements of subsection (a) of this section.

      (c) The Governor shall submit to the United States Secretary of Labor any appropriate or necessary request for waiver of the statutory or regulatory requirements of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, with the advice and assistance of the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission.

      (P.A. 99-195, S. 11, 15.)

      History: P.A. 99-195 effective June 23, 1999.

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      Sec. 31-11s. Connecticut Employment and Training Commission recommendations re appropriation of Workforce Investment Act funds. (a) On or before February 9, 2000, and annually thereafter, the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission shall make recommendations consistent with the provisions of the single Connecticut workforce development plan submitted to the Governor pursuant to section 31-11r to the Governor and the General Assembly concerning the appropriation of funds received for adult workforce development activities under the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, for (1) job-related vocational, literacy, language or numerical skills training; (2) underemployed and at-risk workers; (3) individuals with barriers to full-time, stable employment, including language, basic skills and occupational literacy barriers; (4) vocational training using apprentice and preapprentice programs and customized job training programs that are designed to serve at-risk workers and promote job retention and the obtainment of higher wage jobs; (5) special incentives for programs that successfully train (A) women for nontraditional employment, and (B) minorities for occupations or fields of work in which such minorities are underrepresented; and (6) special grants or contracts in each region for training programs that target workers who are difficult to serve, including, but not limited to, workers (A) with limited literacy or numerical skills, (B) without a high school diploma or its equivalent, or (C) for whom English is a second language. For purposes of this section, "nontraditional employment" refers to occupations or fields of work for which women comprise less than twenty-five per cent of the individuals employed in each such occupation or field of work.

      (b) On or before February 9, 2000, and annually thereafter, the commission shall make recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly concerning the appropriation of funds received under the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, for young adult programs for teenage parents, those at risk of dropping out of school and young adults who attend regional vocational-technical high schools, adult education programs or other programs to assist such persons in attaining a high school diploma or its equivalent.

      (c) On or before February 9, 2000, and annually thereafter, the commission shall make recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly concerning the appropriation of funds received under the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, for dislocated workers.

      (d) Pursuant to Section 189(i)(4)(A) of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, the Governor is authorized by the General Assembly to apply for a waiver of federal eligibility requirements to allow incumbent workers with annual family incomes that do not exceed two hundred per cent of the poverty level guidelines issued by the federal Department of Health and Human Services to receive job training services.

      (P.A. 99-195, S. 12, 15.)

      History: P.A. 99-195 effective June 23, 1999.

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      Sec. 31-11t. Criteria for evaluation of funded programs: Connecticut Employment and Training Commission responsibilities. (a) The Connecticut Employment and Training Commission shall provide each regional workforce development board with criteria for the evaluation of funded programs, including a description of the amount, type and effectiveness of literacy training provided to participants, the number of persons completing job training, the gender and race of persons who receive training, occupational skill types, the number of persons who enter unsubsidized employment, the number of persons who remain in unsubsidized employment six months later and the earnings received by such persons.

      (b) The commission shall develop an education and job training report card to assess the accomplishments of Connecticut's workforce development system and for meeting the accountability requirements of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended. The report card shall address the effectiveness of such system in meeting (1) employers' needs for educated and trained workers, and (2) clients' needs for improving their economic well-being.

      (c) The commission shall include the evaluation of funded programs in the annual report submitted pursuant to subsection (c) of section 31-3h.

      (P.A. 99-195, S. 13, 15.)

      History: P.A. 99-195 effective June 23, 1999.

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      Sec. 31-11u. Continuation of other education, employment or job training programs or contracts. Any education, employment or job training program or contract in existence on June 23, 1999, that is funded under the Job Training Partnership Act shall continue in effect until the renewal period, provided such program is consistent with the provisions of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended.

      (P.A. 99-195, S. 14, 15.)

      History: P.A. 99-195 effective June 23, 1999.

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      Secs. 31-11v and 31-11w. Reserved for future use.

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      Sec. 31-11x. Comprehensive job training and related services, grants for. Definitions. Regulations. (a) As used in this section: (1) "Underemployed" means an individual: (A) Working part time but seeking full-time work; or (B) working full-time but receiving wages below the poverty level determined in accordance with criteria established by the Labor Commissioner, in cooperation with the Commissioner of Social Services; (2) "unemployed" means an individual who is without a job, is available for work and is seeking full-time work; (3) "economically disadvantaged" means an individual who meets the criteria established by the Labor Commissioner; and (4) "comprehensive job training and related services" means recruitment, counseling remediation, motivational prejob training, vocational training, job development, job placement and other appropriate services enabling individuals to secure and retain employment at their maximum capacity.

      (b) The Labor Commissioner shall establish a program of grants for: (1) Comprehensive job training and related services or job opportunities programs for economically disadvantaged, unemployed and underemployed individuals, including persons of limited English-speaking ability, through opportunities industrialization centers and other community-based organizations; and (2) the establishment and operation in the state of these centers and organizations.

      (c) The Labor Commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, establishing criteria for the distribution of funds under this section and shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to further implement the purposes of this section. The criteria shall include requirements that: (1) The program receiving state assistance: (A) Involves the Commissioner of Social Services in the planning of the program; (B) involves residents in the region to be served by the program in the planning and operation of the program; (C) involves the business community in the region to be served by the program in its development and operation; and (D) gives priority to persons who receive state-administered general assistance benefits; and (2) a program receiving financial assistance has adequate internal administrative controls, accounting procedures, personnel standards, evaluation procedures, availability of in-service training and technical assistance programs and other policies as are necessary to promote the effective use of funds received under said programs.

      (June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-2, S. 29, 69; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-9, S. 129, 131; P.A. 04-76, S. 34.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-2 effective July 1, 2001; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-9 revised effective date of June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-2 but without affecting this section; P.A. 04-76 amended Subsec. (c)(1)(D) by deleting reference to "general assistance".

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      Secs. 31-11y and 31-11z. Reserved for future use.

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      Sec. 31-11aa. Information technology workforce development plan. (a) The Connecticut Employment and Training Commission within the Office of Workforce Competitiveness shall produce, within available appropriations, a report on information technology workforce development, including a long-range strategic plan, that addresses Connecticut's workforce and research needs as they relate to information technology and electronic commerce. The commission shall work with the Commissioners of Economic and Community Development, Education and Higher Education and any business-related association or organization that the commission deems appropriate in creating a planning structure, no later than July 5, 2000, to develop the plan. The planning structure shall include representation from the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission, the General Assembly, the Departments of Education, Higher Education and Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, information technology and software companies, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, the Connecticut Technology Council, The University of Connecticut, the Connecticut State University System, the community-technical colleges, Charter Oak State College, the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium, the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges and any other representatives including regional and state-wide business and technology associations the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission and commissioners deem necessary.

      (b) The report shall specify: (1) The number and job descriptions of workers in information technology intensive occupations and the associated occupational codes for those occupations as identified through the Standard Occupational Code classification system of the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor, (2) a forecast assessment of demand by Connecticut employers in those occupations for two, five and ten years from July 1, 2000, (3) methods to generate a sufficient number of information technology graduates to fill identified needs, including, but not limited to, scholarship, school-to-career and internship programs, (4) methods to effectively link appropriate and trained graduates to information technology jobs in this state, including, but not limited to, loan reimbursement programs, (5) what programmatic and curricular emphasis should be developed to support the growth of electronic commerce, software and information technology industries, (6) methods secondary and higher education and private industry can use to continue to address information technology workforce needs as they change and evolve over time, and (7) an assessment of existing state initiatives directed at improving workforce development in Connecticut's information technology and software industries and a method for ensuring such industries are informed, on a continual basis, of these and other workforce development options as they are implemented.

      (c) The commission shall report, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the General Assembly and the Governor by October 16, 2000. The report shall include the specifications of the plan. The commission may, prior to the completion of the report, release findings, data, conclusions or other content on an ongoing basis.

      (P.A. 00-187, S. 28, 75; P.A. 01-173, S. 46, 67.)

      History: P.A. 00-187 effective July 1, 2000; P.A. 01-173 made technical changes in Subsecs. (a) and (b), effective July 1, 2001.

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      Sec. 31-11bb. Adult Literacy Leadership Board: Definitions. As used in this section and sections 31-11cc to 31-11ee, inclusive:

      (1) "Board" means the Adult Literacy Leadership Board established pursuant to section 31-11cc;

      (2) "Commission" means the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission;

      (3) "Adult literacy programs" and "adult literacy services" means services established pursuant to Title II of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1988, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended, that are aimed at improving the ability of persons sixteen years of age or over who are not enrolled in secondary school to read, write and speak in English, compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job, in the family of the individual and in society;

      (4) "Adult education" means a program established pursuant to sections 10-67, 10-69 to 10-71a, inclusive, and 10-73a to 10-73c, inclusive;

      (5) "Vision statement" means a written projected overview of the state's adult literacy programs and services at a specified future date; and

      (6) "Mission statement" means a written declaration of the purpose of the state's adult literacy programs and services, including elements that address the goals of helping adults develop the reading, critical thinking, problem solving skills and communication skills they need to be self-sufficient, active citizens, effective parents and qualified, competitive workers.

      (P.A. 08-163, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 08-163 effective July 1, 2008.

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      Sec. 31-11cc. Adult Literacy Leadership Board: Members. (a) The Office of Workforce Competitiveness shall establish the Adult Literacy Leadership Board as a standing committee of the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission to review and advise the commission on workforce investment and adult literacy programs and services. The board shall consist of seven voting members and ten ex-officio nonvoting members.

      (1) The voting members shall include one member who; (A) directs a community literacy program; (B) directs a regional literacy program; (C) represents a public library; (D) directs a literacy outcome study from a private university; (E) directs a literacy outcome study from a public university; (F) represents an adult literacy advocacy group; and (G) has experience in research, planning and evaluation in literacy. The Governor shall appoint the chairperson, who shall be a voting member and described in this subdivision. Following the appointment of the chairperson, such chairperson, in consultation with the director of the Office of Workforce Competitiveness, shall appoint the remaining six voting members as described in this subdivision.

      (2) The ex-officio nonvoting members shall consist of the following members, or their designees: The Commissioners of Correction, Education, Higher Education, Economic and Community Development and Social Services, the Labor Commissioner, the director of the Office of Workforce Competitiveness, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, the chancellor of the regional community-technical colleges and the State Librarian.

      (3) The voting members shall serve for a term of four years.

      (b) The chairperson of the board may create positions that the board deems necessary and may fill such positions from among its members. The powers of the board shall be vested in and exercised by not less than four members of the board. Four members of the board shall constitute a quorum.

      (c) The Office of Workforce Competitiveness may solicit and receive funds on behalf of the board and the commission from any public or private sources to carry out its activities.

      (d) The board shall terminate as a standing committee of the commission on July 1, 2012.

      (P.A. 08-163, S. 2.)

      History: P.A. 08-163 effective July 1, 2008.

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      Sec. 31-11dd. Adult Literacy Leadership Board: Duties and responsibilities. Report and report card. (a) The Adult Literacy Leadership Board shall:

      (1) Create vision and mission statements by January 1, 2009;

      (2) Develop and update a three-year strategic plan, in accordance with section 31-11ee;

      (3) Report recommendations annually through the commission to the Governor and General Assembly, in accordance with subsection (c) of this section, for sources and levels of funding to meet the goals and objectives outlined in the strategic plan under section 31-11ee;

      (4) Establish results-based accountability measures for the adult literacy system and use them to track progress toward the goals and objectives outlined in the strategic plan;

      (5) With state-agency partners, develop and maintain an online centralized inventory of all adult literacy programs and services offered in the state that includes a description of the type of service, the time and place it is offered and any eligibility requirements or fees;

      (6) Establish standards for adult literacy service providers, including requirements for waiting lists;

      (7) Require each adult literacy service provider in the state to maintain a waiting list and report the information to the board, in accordance with standards the board establishes;

      (8) Promote coordination and collaboration of delivery of adult literacy programs and services through regionalized service delivery and community partnerships;

      (9) Prepare information on the status of adult literacy in this state for inclusion in the commission's annual report card, in accordance with subsection (d) of this section and section 31-3bb; and

      (10) Pilot the best practices which are identified through the research and analysis of adult literacy programs state-wide.

      (b) The Office of Workforce Competitiveness, in accordance with subsection (c) of section 4-124w, may request other state agencies, including, but not limited to, the Departments of Education, Higher Education, Economic and Community Development and Social Services, the Labor Department, and the Board of Trustees of the Community-Technical Colleges to provide information, reports and other assistance to the board in carrying out its duties, pursuant to subsection (a) of this section and sections 31-11cc and 31-11ee, and to the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission in carrying out its duties pursuant to subsection (d) of this section.

      (c) On or before January 1, 2009, and annually thereafter, the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission shall report, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the Governor and to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the judiciary, education, higher education, economic and community development, labor and human services on (1) the board's progress in developing and implementing the strategic plan, (2) the board's recommendations for sources and levels of funding to meet the goals outlined in the strategic plan, and (3) the adult literacy section of the commission's annual report card prepared pursuant to subdivision (9) of subsection (a) of this section.

      (d) The Connecticut Employment and Training Commission's annual report card, prepared pursuant to subdivision (9) of subsection (a) of this section and section 31-3bb, shall provide information on the status of adult literacy in the state. The commission's annual report card shall identify each major component of the adult literacy system, including, but not limited to, adult education, family literacy and workplace literacy, and provide for each component: (1) The number and demographics of persons served, (2) a description of sources of funding, and (3) performance measures for adult literacy services.

      (P.A. 08-163, S. 3, 5-7.)

      History: P.A. 08-163 effective July 1, 2008.

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      Sec. 31-11ee. Adult Literacy Leadership Board: Strategic plan. (a) On or before July 1, 2009, the board shall develop a three-year strategic plan for an adult literacy system in this state.

      (b) The strategic plan shall: (1) Be consistent with and guided by the planning requirements of Title I and Title II of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1988, P.L. 105-220, as from time to time amended; (2) integrate adult education and literacy with workforce training, establishing a comprehensive approach to adult workforce education in this state; (3) include goals for an adult literacy system, including a goal of reducing by a certain percentage each year over a specified period of time the number of adults in this state who lack a high school diploma or proficiency in the English language; (4) define the roles of all adult literacy service providers in the state, examining in particular, (A) governance responsibility for adult education, (B) discrepancies in service delivery and ways to promote regionalized service delivery and community partnerships, and (C) resources for system-wide administration, management, research and coordination; (5) include priorities for services that (A) improve the quality of instruction, (B) improve access and retention, and (C) identify target populations for services; (6) include an analysis of funding requirements of all adult literacy services, identifying (A) estimated resources needed to implement the plan's goals, (B) current sources of funding and possibilities for reallocation, and (C) potential alternatives and new sources of funding; and (7) outline funding policies that provide (A) financial support and incentives to support collaborative delivery of services, and (B) adequate resources for state-funded agencies with adult literacy responsibilities, including public libraries, to carry out data collection, analysis, evaluation and research related to program effectiveness and best practices.

      (c) The board shall designate regional planning workgroups under the aegis of the regional workforce development boards consisting of representatives of adult literacy service providers and persons receiving adult literacy services to assist in developing and reviewing the strategic plan for adult literacy. The board shall review annually the implementation of the strategic plan and make any necessary revisions. The board shall update the strategic plan every three years.

      (P.A. 08-163, S. 4.)

      History: P.A. 08-163 effective July 1, 2008.

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