Florida Senate - 2019                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 770
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Education (Diaz) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment to Amendment (865050) (with title
    2  amendment)
    4         Between lines 381 and 382
    5  insert:
    6         Section 9. Section 1009.551, Florida Statutes, is created
    7  to read:
    8         1009.551 The Florida Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant
    9  Program.
   10         (1) The Florida Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant
   11  Program is created within the Department of Education. The
   12  purpose of the program is to enable high schools and Florida
   13  College System institutions to offer applied learning
   14  opportunities for students in high-demand career pathways linked
   15  to occupations that will provide students with middle-level and
   16  high-level wages.
   17         (2) The Legislature intends that the program provide
   18  individual grants statewide to serve students in grades 9-12 and
   19  students within the first 60 hours of college coursework who
   20  enter a career pathway that enables them to master the skills
   21  they need to graduate with a career certificate or a 2-year
   22  technical degree to secure an entry-level position in an
   23  industry.
   24         (3) Selected institutions must provide students with an
   25  opportunity to earn industry certifications, 60 hours of college
   26  credit, or an associate of arts degree by the time they graduate
   27  from high school, and the opportunity to gain valuable work
   28  experience through internships, externships, apprenticeships, or
   29  other job training programs. Grants issued under the program
   30  must be used to enroll students in work-based education programs
   31  that lead to career opportunities in high-demand fields.
   32         (4) Each grant application must include the expertise of
   33  public institutions and the participation of one secondary
   34  partner and one or more postsecondary and industry partners.
   35         (5) The commissioner shall establish an application process
   36  for allocated grants under the program.
   37         (a) Proposals for the grant must be funded competitively.
   38         (b) School districts, charter schools, and Florida College
   39  System institutions may apply for grant funding under this
   40  section. As a condition of the grant, applicants must agree to
   41  timely provide the information described in subsection (8) to
   42  the commissioner.
   43         (6) To be eligible for a grant under the program, proposals
   44  must:
   45         (a)Give students opportunities to earn the following:
   46         1. Industry certifications, associate degrees,
   47  postsecondary certificates, or college credit aligned to high
   48  demand workforce needs of the state, region, or local area and
   49  linked to occupations that provide a middle wage or high wage
   50  within 6 years; and
   51         2.Applied learning experiences through internships,
   52  externships, apprenticeships, or other job training programs;
   53         (b)Provide students with mentorship or career counseling
   54  informed by labor market demand;
   55         (c) Provide industry and employer partner memoranda of
   56  understanding to ensure the program is aligned to in-demand
   57  skills and which show the nature of the industry and employer
   58  partnership;
   59         (d) Identify how the proposal will address opportunities
   60  for underrepresented students, such as minority, low-income, or
   61  rural students, or for girls in computer science courses;
   62         (e) Identify how the school district, charter school, or
   63  Florida College System institution will use the grant funding
   64  and leverage other available funds to provide continued support
   65  for the program;
   66         (f) Provide the training and academic preparation at no
   67  cost to students; and
   68         (g) Identify the postsecondary partners to ensure
   69  appropriate articulation and dual enrollment opportunities and
   70  provide memoranda of understanding which show the nature of the
   71  postsecondary partnership.
   72         (7) Priority for grants must be given to proposals that
   73  increase opportunities for underrepresented students, such as
   74  minority, low-income, or rural students, or for girls in
   75  computer science courses.
   76         (8) By December 1 of each year, the commissioner shall
   77  report to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the
   78  Speaker of the House of Representatives all of the following:
   79         (a) The number of participating students and their
   80  outcomes, including the following:
   81         1. Academic achievement;
   82         2. Attainment of industry certifications, associate
   83  degrees, or college credit;
   84         3. Applied learning experiences of the participating
   85  students;
   86         4. Postsecondary enrollment, or continued enrollment at a
   87  postsecondary institution, following completion of the program,
   88  if applicable;
   89         5. Employment outcomes and wages, as applicable; and
   90         6. Noncompletion rate.
   91         (b) The demographics of participating students and their
   92  outcomes as described in paragraph (a).
   93         (c) Identification of high-demand career pathways linked to
   94  occupations that provide students with middle-level and high
   95  level wages as reflected by labor market demand.
   96         (9) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to
   97  implement this section.
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  100  And the title is amended as follows:
  101         Delete line 430
  102  and insert:
  103         List; creating s. 1009.551, F.S.; creating the Florida
  104         Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant Program within
  105         the department; providing the purpose of the program;
  106         providing legislative intent; providing requirements
  107         for the program; providing requirements for grant
  108         applications for the program; requiring the
  109         Commissioner of Education to establish an application
  110         process for the program; providing that proposals for
  111         grants be funded competitively; authorizing school
  112         districts, charter schools, and Florida College System
  113         institutions to apply for grants under the program;
  114         providing for eligibility requirements; providing that
  115         priority for grants be given to proposals that meet
  116         specified criteria; requiring the commissioner to
  117         annually report certain information to the Governor
  118         and the Legislature by a specified date; requiring the
  119         State Board of Education to adopt rules; providing an
  120         effective date.