Florida Senate - 2019 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 770 Ì511646/Î511646 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Education (Diaz) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment to Amendment (865050) (with title 2 amendment) 3 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. 98 99 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 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.