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AB-721 Workforce training programs: supportive services.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) The Workforce, Education, and Training Subcommittee of the state Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force was responsible for investigating existing workforce training programs and policies including community college training, career and technical education, work opportunity tax credits, and policies within the K–12 education system.
(b) The evidence provided to the task force showed that there is a need for supportive services to address the common reasons that low-income workforce training participants do not complete workforce training programs.
(c) A lack of childcare or affordable transportation are among the primary reasons that participants do not complete their vocational training programs.
(d) Fifty percent of the cost of these services may be covered by federal SNAP education and training reimbursement, thereby maximizing the impact of state funding.
(e) The subcommittee and the full task force determined that additional funding for supportive services for low-income workforce participants and an increase in coordination across the many programs aiming to support education and employment for this population are necessary to lift families out of poverty and to ensure that they can fully participate in programs that will provide them the regional market skills to sustain upward mobility.

SEC. 2.

 Article 4.5 (commencing with Section 14050) is added to Chapter 3 of Division 7 of the Unemployment Insurance Code, to read:

Article  4.5. Supportive Services For Workforce Program Participants
14050.
 As used in this article:
(a) “Consortium” means an entity working in partnership to enroll and support individuals living in poverty and participating in workforce training programs aligned with regional labor market needs that include the following:
(1) Representatives from at least two of the following:
(A) Local workforce development board.
(B) County welfare department.
(C) Community college.
(2) Other stakeholders, as deemed appropriate.
(b) “Supportive services” mean services necessary to enable an individual to successfully participate in, or receive, training activities described in paragraph (5) of subdivision (d) of Section 14013.
(c) “Training” includes all services described in paragraph (5) of subdivision (d) of Section 14013.
14055.
 (a) The board, in partnership with the State Department of Social Services and the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, shall establish and administer the Lifting Families Out of Poverty Workforce Training Supportive Services Program. Upon appropriation by the Legislature for that purpose, the board shall make fifty million dollars ($50,000,000) in grants available to consortia that apply for funding and are approved in accordance with this article. A grant shall not exceed $5,000 per year per low-income workforce participant to be enrolled pursuant to this article.
(b) The board, the State Department of Social Services, and the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges shall jointly develop criteria, policies, and guidelines for the award of supportive service grant funds to a consortium consistent with this article.
(c) These criteria, policies, and guidelines shall consider, but are not limited to, the following:
(1) The ability of a consortium to leverage additional funds in support of the program.
(2) The availability of full-time employment in the regional labor market based on the successful completion of the job training program, including the alignment of the training program with regional labor market demand.
(3) Justification that the supportive services provided will assist a participant in completing their training, and that the training will lead to improved labor force attachment and earnings.
(4) The process through which a consortium of local partners will assess the needs of participants and determine the most cost-effective manner possible for the provision of supportive services, including through the referral to, and utilization of, all other public and private programs and supportive services that may be available.
(d) The criteria, guidelines, and policies developed pursuant to this section shall be exempt from the rulemaking provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code). The board shall make the criteria, guidelines, and policies available to the public by posting them on its internet website.
(e) A consortium shall apply for a grant by submitting a plan to the board in accordance with subdivision (f). After consultation with the State Department of Social Services, the board may approve the submitted plan and award grant funds.
(f) A plan submitted pursuant to subdivision (e) shall include all of the following:
(1) The number of people to be served.
(2) The coordination with local governments, public and private employers in the area, community colleges, and local school districts.
(3) The availability of full-time employment in the local area based on the successful completion of the job training program.
(4) The process through which the needs of participants will be assessed, and those needs met, in the most cost-effective manner possible including through the referral to and utilization of all other public and private programs and services that may be available.
(5) A description of the supportive services to be provided, any evidence indicating that the services have been shown to reduce barriers to training for similar populations, and justification that the supportive services provided will assist participants in completing their training and, as a result, will help them to achieve improved labor force attachment and earnings.
(g) (1) Each consortium that has received supportive service grant funds pursuant to this section shall submit a report to the board that contains the following information:
(A) The number of individuals served.
(B) The types of supportive services received by each of the individuals served.
(C) Whether each of the individuals served completed the training program in which they were enrolled.
(D) Whether each of the individuals served secured and retained employment during or after completion of the training program.
(E) Whether each of the individuals served experienced wage or income gains during or after completion of the training program.
(2) The reports shall be submitted on or before January 1 of every even-numbered year after the consortium has received the grant.
(h) The board shall transmit any reports submitted pursuant to subdivision (g) to the State Department of Social Services and the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges within one month of receipt from the consortium.
(i) Any grantee failing to submit a report pursuant to subdivision (g), or failing to demonstrate appropriate use of grant funds in a report submitted pursuant to subdivision (g), shall be deemed ineligible for any future grant funding until and unless such a report is submitted and appropriate use of funds is demonstrated.
(j) The board shall, within two years of implementation of the program set forth in this article, evaluate the efficacy of the program and shall work with the Employment Development Department to determine the extent to which individuals served by the program are securing employment and achieving income gains, and what barriers remain to achieving these outcomes.