Florida Senate - 2016 SB 836 By Senator Gaetz 1-00385-16 2016836__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to a Rapid Response Education and 3 Training Program; amending s. 1006.735, F.S.; 4 establishing the Rapid Response Education and Training 5 Program within the Complete Florida Plus Program; 6 requiring the Complete Florida Plus Program to work 7 with Enterprise Florida, Inc., to offer certain 8 education and training commitments to businesses; 9 specifying the duties of the program; requiring 10 reports to the Legislature; requiring the Division of 11 Career and Adult Education within the Department of 12 Education to conduct an analysis and assessment of the 13 effectiveness of the education and training programs; 14 providing an effective date. 15 16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 17 18 Section 1. Present subsections (5) and (6) of section 19 1006.735, Florida Statutes, are redesignated as subsections (6) 20 and (7), respectively, and a new subsection (5) is added to that 21 section, to read: 22 1006.735 Complete Florida Plus Program.—The Complete 23 Florida Plus Program is created at the University of West 24 Florida. 25 (5) RAPID RESPONSE EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAM.—The 26 Rapid Response Education and Training Program is established 27 within the Complete Florida Plus Program. Under this education 28 and training program, the Complete Florida Plus Program shall 29 work directly with Enterprise Florida, Inc., in project-specific 30 industry recruitment and retention efforts to offer credible 31 education and training commitments to businesses. 32 (a) The Rapid Response Education and Training Program must: 33 1. Issue challenge grants through requests for proposals 34 that are open to all education and training providers, public or 35 private. These grants match state dollars with education and 36 training provider dollars to implement particular education and 37 training programs. 38 2. Request periodic reports from an independent forensic 39 accountant or auditor to ensure transparency of the program. 40 These periodic reports must be submitted to the President of the 41 Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. 42 3. Keep administrative costs to a minimum through the use 43 of existing organizational structures. 44 4. Work directly with businesses to recruit individuals for 45 education and training. 46 5. Be able to terminate an education and training program 47 by giving the program 30 days’ notice. 48 6. Survey employers after completion of an education and 49 training program to ascertain the effectiveness of the program. 50 (b) The Division of Career and Adult Education within the 51 Department of Education shall conduct an analysis and assessment 52 of the effectiveness of the education and training programs 53 under this section in addressing labor market and occupational 54 trends and needs. 55 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.