Agenda Item 13
June 6, 2014
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Bill 27-14, Schools and Camps - Career Pathways Program
Bill 27-14, Schools and Camps - Career Pathways Program, sponsored by
Councilmembers Berliner, Navarro, Branson and Riemer, Council President Rice and
Councilmembers Floreen, Andrews and EIrich, was introduced on May 6. A Planning, Housing
and Economic Development Committee worksession will be scheduled at a later date.
The goal of the Bill is
establish easily communicated career pathway networks that
identifY job skills needed for employment with local employers and connect County residents
with workforce training that can prepare them for a household-supporting career that matches the
individual's goals and skills with local employer need.
Bill 7-09, Schools and Camps - Workforce Investment Scholarship, enacted on May 12,
2009 and signed into law on May 20, 2009, established the framework for a workforce
investment scholarship that would provide scholarships for students who are in an undergraduate
degree program preparing the student for a needed occupation in the County. However, due to
the recession, the program was never funded and the Executive did not appoint members
Workforce Investment Scholarship Board established in Bill 7-09 to administer the scholarship
27-14 would establish a career pathways program with a career pathways manager.
The Bill would also modifY the workforce investment scholarship to support the career pathways
program, eliminate the workforce investment scholarship board, and authorize the Executive to
enter into agreements to administer the program.
The career pathways manager would be part of the Department of Economic
Development and would identifY career pathway positions that match the workforce needs of
private sector employers in the County. The scholarships would fund the necessary training, and
the Executive would be authorized to enter into agreements with Montgomery College or other
County-based educational or business institutions to provide training and employment