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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 5493

February Session, 2014

 

LCO No. 2170

 

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Referred to Committee on HIGHER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT

 

Introduced by:

 

(HED)

 

AN ACT REQUIRING A STATE-WIDE PLAN TO PROVIDE EDUCATION, TRAINING AND JOB PLACEMENT IN EMERGING INDUSTRIES.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2014) (a) For purposes of this section:

(1) "Contextualized learning" means education in a learning environment chosen or designed by educators to incorporate as many different forms of experience as possible, including social, cultural, physical and psychological experiences, to achieve the desired learning outcomes;

(2) "Early college high school" means a school in which persons who are underrepresented in higher education, including, but not limited to, low-income youth, first-generation college students, English language learners and minority students, may simultaneously earn, tuition free, a high school diploma and an associate degree or up to two years of credit toward a bachelor degree; and

(3) "Middle college program" means a collaboration between a school district's high schools and a regional-community technical college pursuant to which a student who desires a more independent learning environment may (A) take a combination of core high school courses and courses for which college or university-level credit may be given, and (B) attribute all such credits earned toward a program of higher learning at an institution of higher education in which such student enrolls upon graduation from the middle college program.

(b) The Connecticut Employment and Training Commission shall develop, in collaboration with the regional work force development boards established pursuant to section 31-3j of the general statutes, a state-wide plan for implementing, expanding or improving upon contextualized learning programs, career certificate programs established under section 10-20a of the general statutes, middle college programs and early college high school programs to provide education, training and placement in jobs available in the manufacturing, health care, construction and green industries and other emerging sectors of the state's economy. Such plan shall include a proposal to fund such programs.

(c) Not later than January 1, 2015, the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission shall report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, on the plan developed under subsection (b) of this section, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to higher education and employment advancement. Not later than September 1, 2015, and annually thereafter, said commission shall report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, on the status of such programs to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to higher education and employment advancement.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2014

New section

HED

Joint Favorable