Agenda Item 13
June 10,2014
Public Hearing
MEMORANDUM
June 6, 2014
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
County Council
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
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Public Hearing:
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
to
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.
Background
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
to
the
Workforce Investment Scholarship Board established in Bill 7-09 to administer the scholarship
program.
Bill
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
opportunities.
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The Bill also includes a transition clause that would require the DED Director to
implement phase 1 of a program to provide training and career navigation services for entry-level
jobs in the health industry.
This packet contains:
Bill 27-14
Legislative Request Report
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Bill No.
27-14
Concerning; Schools and Camps ­
Career Pathways Program
Revised: April 16, 2014 Draft No.
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Introduced:
May 6, 2014
Expires:
November 6,2015
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Effective: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Sunset Date:
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Ch. _, Laws of Mont. Co. _ _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
By: Councilmembers Berliner and Navarro
AN
ACT to:
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establish a career pathways program;
create a career pathways manager position;
modify the workforce investment scholarship to support the career pathways
program
eliminate the workforce investment scholarship board;
authorize the Executive to enter into agreements to administer the program; and
generally enhance workforce development in the County.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 44, Schools and Camps
Sections 44-46, 44-47, 44-48,44-49, and 44-50
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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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Sec.
1.
Sections
44-46, 44-47, 44-48, 44-49,
and
44-50
are amended as
follows:
Article IV. [Workforce Investment Scholarship] Career Pathways Program.
44-46.
Legislative findings.
(a) The economic development of the County requires a well-prepared,
educated, trained, and adaptable workforce to meet the current and
future needs of County businesses.
(b) The County workforce needs the tools and resources to successfully
compete in a complex global economy.
(c)
County workforce training should encourage [students] County
residents to prepare for those occupations that are most needed in the
County..
(d) The Department of Correction and Rehabilitation's Pre-Release and
Re-Entry Services works to provide better employment opportunities
for offenders returning to the community in order to reduce recidivism
and improve public safety.
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[County workforce training should provide equal opportunity for
women to train for careers in science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics and generally encourage gender equity in all careers]
Easily communicated career pathway networks must be established
that identify job skills needed for employment with local employers
and connect County residents with workforce training that can prepare
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student for
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household-supporting career that matches the student's
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goals and skills with local employer need.
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Montgomery College and the Universities at Shady Grove
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provide high quality higher education training in the County.
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[(f)]
(g}
A [workforce investment scholarship program] career pathways
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program that identifies career pathways and matches students with
appropriate workforce training to meet the needs of private sector
employers would promote economic development in the County.
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[Workforce Investment] Career Pathways Program.
(a)
Definitions.
In this Article, the following terms have the meanings indicated:
[Board
means the Workforce Investment Scholarship Board created in
Section 44-48.]
Career pathways
means
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workforce development strategy designed
to support an individual's transition from education into and through
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career pathways position.
Career Pathways Manager
means the employee in the Department of
Economic Development who is responsible for managing the career
pathways program.
Career pathways position
means
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job that leads to
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household­
supporting entry-level job with an identified pathway to one or more
higher level positions that requires specialized workforce training.
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Director
means the Director of the Department of Economic
Development or the Director's designee.
(b)
The [Director] Career Pathways Manager must administer a
[workforce investment] career pathways [scholarship] program that:
(1) awards [workforce investment] career pathways scholarships to
students in an undergraduate
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non-degree, or internship
program at the Universities at Shady Grove, Montgomery
College, or other accredited training program which prepares
[students]
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student for
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career identified as
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career pathways
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position that is in demand
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private employers in the County[:
(A)
one ofthe County's 10 most needed occupations;
certification by the State Department of Education to
teach mathematics or science in a Maryland public
school; [[or]]
(B)
(C)
a degree in engmeermg, mathematics, or a natural
SCIence; or
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a degree in early childhood education or early childhood
special education].
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requires a student who receives a [workforce investment] career
pathways scholarship to agree to work in the County [as a
mathematics or science teacher, as an engineer, or in one of the
County's 10 most needed occupations] in
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career pathways
position for at least the number of years the student receives the
scholarship; and
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requires the repayment ofthe scholarship by a student who does
not complete a [degree] training program or who does not
satisfy other conditions of the scholarship.
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(c)
[The Executive must adopt regulations under Method 2 implementing
the
scholarship
program
after
considering
the
Board's
recommendations.]
The [regulations must govern the award of
workforce investment] career pathways scholarships [covering] may
cover tuition, books, fees, and related expenses to attend an
undergraduate degree program or
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non-degree program at:
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Montgomery College [for the first 2 years]; [and]
the Universities at Shady Grove [for the last 2 years]; or
any campus for one of the participating Universities at Shady
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Grove [for the last 2 years] if the degree program is not offered
at Shady Grove.
44-48.
[Workforce Investment Scholarship Board] Career Pathways
A2reements.
(a)
[Creation] Career Navigation Services.
The [County] Executive
[must appoint, subject to confirmation by the County Council, a
Workforce Investment Scholarship Board, consisting of 3 members]
may enter into an agreement with Montgomery College, the
Universities of Shady Grove, any of the participating Universities at
Shady Grove, or the County's Business Development Corporation to
provide career navigation services to students who receive
pathways scholarship.
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[Composition;
appointment
of members]
Career
Pathways
Scholarship Administration.
The Executive may enter into an
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agreement with Montgomery College, the Universities of Shady
Grove, or any of the participating Universities at Shady Grove to
administer the career pathways scholarship program at their
institution.
[(1)
(2)
One member must be nominated by the Director.
One member must be nominated by the President of
Montgomery College.
(3)
One member must be nominated by the Executive Director of
the Universities at Shady Grove.]
(c)
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[Chair; vice chair] Internship Programs.
The [Board must annually
select one member as chair and another as vice chair, and any other
officers it finds necessary] Executive may enter into agreements with
private sector employers and the County's Business Development
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Corporation to provide employment for graduates of the Career
Pathways Program.
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Terms; reappointments.
The term of office of each member is 3
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years. A member continues
in
office until a successor is confirmed.
(e)
Compensation.
A member receives no compensation for serving on
the Board.
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(g)
Quorum.
A
quorum is a majority ofthe members of the Board.
Meetings; reports.
The Board may meet at the call of the chair as
frequently as required to perform its duties, but no less than
4
times
each year. The Board must submit an annual report on December 31
to the Executive and Council summarizing
its
activities, needs, and
recommendations, and the degree to which the goals of the Board are
being met.]
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44-49.
Duties of [Board] the Director.
The [Board] Director and the Career Pathways Manager must work together
to:
(a)
[recommend
regulations
govemmg
the
award
of workforce
investment scholarships] facilitate collaboration between public
agencies, non-profit organizations, and private sector employers to
help design, implement, and evaluate the Career Pathways Program;
(b)
[recommend an annual Workforce Investment Scholarship budget
request to the Director for inclusion
in
the Executive's recommended
annual operating budget] identify career pathways positions that
match the workforce needs ofprivate sector employers in the County;
(c)
[adopt procedures as necessary to achieve the purposes of this Article,
and keep a record of its activities and minutes of all meetings] submit
an annual Career Pathways Program budget request to the Executive;
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[and]
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[make recommendations to the Executive and the Council on the
[workforce investment scholarship program] identify private sector
employers in the County who regularly hire people for career
pathways positions; and
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implement and use
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technology platform to track skills associated
with open positions with local employers, curriculum at the
Universities at Shady Grove, Montgomery College, or other education
provider addressing those skills requirements, and students skills
profiles and efforts to obtain the skills necessary to become employed.
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[Duties of the Director] Reports.
The [Director] Career Pathways Manager must report annually on or before
January
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to the Executive and the Council on the progress of the Career
Pathways Program. The report must include:
(a)
[must provide staff services and administrative support to the Board]
each career pathways position that has been identified;
(b)
[must annually specify the County's 10 most needed occupations as
defined in the regulations] the number of residents served
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the
Career Pathways Program;
(c)
[must submit an annual Workforce Investment Scholarship Program
budget request to the Executive] each agreement entered into with an
educational institution or
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private sector employer under Section 44­
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(d)
[may enter into an agreement with Montgomery College, the
Universities at Shady Grove, or one of the participating Universities at
Shady Grove to administer the scholarship program] graduation rates
for students in the Career Pathways Program;
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employment rates for graduates of the Career Pathways Program
within:
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months after graduation;
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year after graduation;
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years after graduation; and
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the
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graduates.
Sec. 2 Transition.
The Director must implement Phase 1 of an expanded and enhanced
program to provide residents with skills training for entry level jobs that have a
path to career advancement. The Director may enter into an agreement with
Montgomery College to administer this program. This program must include:
(a)
clear identification of employment opportunities and associated skills
needed by local employers;
(b)
community connectors who will help people understand career
opportunities and improve access to education and employment;
(c)
(d)
Approved:
career navigation to assist individuals who are in training programs to
complete their education and find a job; and
training for jobs that provide an entry into health industry careers.
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Craig
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Rice, President, County Council
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Approved:
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bi1127-14
Schools and Camps Career Pathways Program
DESCRIPTION:
The Bill 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 contracts to administer the program.
The County workforce needs the tools and resources to successfully
compete in a complex global economy.
The goal is to 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 a student for a household-supporting career that matches
the student's goals and skills with local employer need.
DED
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be researched.
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Not applicable.
PROBLEM:
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMPACT:
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
APPLICATION
WITHIN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENALTIES:
None.
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