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SB-705 Workforce development: Binational Education and Workforce Opportunities Act.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 04/19/2021 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  April 19, 2021
Amended  IN  Senate  March 11, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 705


Introduced by Senator Hueso

February 19, 2021


An act to add Article 10.5 (commencing with Section 33438) to Chapter 3 of Part 20 of Division 2 of Title 2 of the Education Code, relating to workforce development.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 705, as amended, Hueso. Workforce development: Binational Education and Workforce Opportunities Act.
Existing law establishes the State Department of Education, under the administration of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and assigns to the department numerous duties relating to the governance and funding of public elementary and secondary education in this state. Existing law establishes the California Workforce Development Board, and assigns to the board the responsibility for assisting the Governor in the development, oversight, and continuous improvement of California’s workforce investment system and the alignment of the education and workforce investment systems to the needs of the 21st century economy and workforce.

This bill would require the department and the board to jointly develop a strategic plan with designated goals related to the improvement of binational educational and economic outcomes. The bill would require the department and the board to jointly create guidelines for the strategic plan that would increase access to, and the quality of, binational and cross-border educational opportunities, that would provide comprehensive cross-border and binational workforce development opportunities, including educational, training, certification, and placement services to generate jobs and careers, or that would meet both of these objectives. The bill would describe projects that could be undertaken to implement the strategic plan and effectuate its goals.

This bill would require the department and the California Workforce Development Board, in consultation with the California-Mexico Border Relations Council, to jointly form a study group of subject matter experts in specified fields to analyze unique challenges and opportunities arising from the presence of a large binational student population and workforce on both sides of the California-Mexico border. The bill would require the department and the California Workforce Development Board to issue a report to the Legislature, by July 1, 2023, on recommendations and findings of the study group and a preliminary plan, resource needs, and scoping options based on available resources for increasing access to, and the quality of, educational opportunities for binational students and workers, and developing and providing a comprehensive suite of career services and job training opportunities for binational students and workers.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Article 10.5 (commencing with Section 33438) is added to Chapter 3 of Part 20 of Division 2 of Title 2 of the Education Code, to read:
Article  10.5. Binational Education and Workforce Opportunities Act

33438.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) California is a global leader, and our relationship with Mexico plays an increasing role in our economy and the future of our jobs.
(b) The development of a binational workforce will be crucial to California’s global competitiveness.
(c) More attention and investment is needed to strengthen California’s workforce, to foster more collaboration to address shared challenges with Mexico, and to build economic resiliency.

33438.5.

(a)The department and the California Workforce Development Board shall jointly develop a strategic plan with goals that include, but are not limited to, all of the following:

(1)Improving educational outcomes for binational educational programs.

(2)Enhancing support strategies.

(3)Fostering economic growth and recovery through binational cooperation.

(4)Increasing binational workforce development opportunities.

(b)The department and the California Workforce Development Board shall jointly create guidelines for the strategic plan that accomplish either or both of the following objectives:

(1)Increasing access to, and the quality of, binational and cross-border educational opportunities.

(2)Providing comprehensive cross-border and binational workforce development opportunities, including educational, training, certification, and placement services to generate jobs and careers.

(c)Projects that may be undertaken to implement the strategic plan and effectuate its goals include, but are not limited to, all of the following:

(1)Building resilient cross-border supply chains.

(2)Developing cross-border and binational postsecondary coursework and degree opportunities.

(3)Expanding binational internship and workforce training programs.

(4)Facilitating binational educational and cultural exchanges.

(5)Establishing support programs for transborder pupils or other pupils whose education is obtained in both nations.

(6)Increasing access to, and the quality of, bilingual or multilingual instructional programs.

(7)Implementing a grant program to fund projects that advance the goals of this article.

33485.5.
 (a) In consultation with the California-Mexico Border Relations Council, the department and the California Workforce Development Board shall jointly form a study group comprised of subject matter experts in the fields of education, trade, immigration, workforce services, and labor markets to analyze the unique challenges and opportunities arising from the presence of a large binational student population and workforce living and working on both sides of the California-Mexico border.
(b) (1) The study group shall issue a report to the department and the California Workforce Development Board, by December 1, 2022, detailing findings and recommendations on how to accomplish all of the following:
(A) Improve educational and labor market outcomes for binational students and workers.
(B) Enhance educational, job training, and career services supports for binational students and workers.
(C) Understand the labor market dynamics associated with the cross-border movement of goods and people and use this understanding to develop appropriate education and workforce programs and services to the educational and career benefit of binational students and workers.
(D) Leverage and optimize the occupational skills and educational achievements of binational students who have degrees, credentials, and certifications from either side of the California-Mexico border.
(E) Use educational and workforce investments to build resilient cross-border supply chains.
(F) Determine the feasibility of establishing cross-border binational postsecondary coursework, postsecondary degree opportunities, and internships.
(2) The study group may use existing research to expedite completion and submission of the report.
(c) In consultation with the California-Mexico Border Relations Council, the department and the California Workforce Development Board shall issue a report of the study group’s findings and recommendations to the Legislature, pursuant to Section 9795 of the Government Code, by July 1, 2023. In addition to reporting on the matters in subdivision (b), the report shall also provide to the Legislature a preliminary plan, resource needs, and scoping options based on available resources for achieving both of the following goals:
(1) Increasing access to, and the quality of, educational opportunities for binational students and workers, including the development and expansion of support programs, for cross-border pupils or other pupils whose education is obtained in both California and Mexico, and bilingual or multilingual instructional programs.
(2) Developing and providing a comprehensive suite of career services and job training opportunities for binational students and workers.