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Legislative Update

The following proposed bills have a potential impact on, or may be of special interest to the ETP program. Brief summaries are provided below.

ETP staff will update this page periodically. However, for the most recent versions, or to track the status of these bills, please visit the Official California Legislative Information website.

AB 1797, CALIFORNIA WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD. (RODRIGUEZ)

Signed into law July 21, 2014, AB 1797 (Chapter 157) will expand job training and employment for allied health professions.

This legislation requires the California Workforce Investment Board (CWIB), in consultation with the Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS), within the Department of Industrial Relations, to identify opportunities for "earn and learn" job training opportunities that meet the industry's workforce demands and are in high-wage, high-demand jobs.

The CWIB, in consultation with DAS, shall identify and develop specific requirements and qualifications for entry into "earn and learn" job training models, and shall establish standards for "earn and learn" job training programs that are outcome oriented and accountable.

Established standards shall measure the results from program participation, including a measurement of how many complete the program with an industry-recognized credential that certifies the individual is ready to enter the specific allied health profession for which he or she has been trained.

Together, the CWIB and DAS shall develop the means to identify, assess, and prepare a pool of qualified candidates seeking to enter "earn and learn" job training models.

On or before December 1, 2015, the CWIB shall prepare and submit to the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature a report on its findings and recommendations.


AB 2148, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: ANNUAL WORKFORCE METRICS DASHBOARD. (MULLIN)

As amended July 2, AB 2148 would require the California Workforce Investment Board (Board) to assist the Governor in the development of an annual workforce metrics dashboard that measures the state's human capital investments in workforce development and that provides, among other things, a status report on credential attainment, training completion, degree attainment, and participant earnings from workforce education and training programs.

This bill would also authorize the State Department of Education to collect the social security numbers of adults participating in adult education programs for these purposes and would require the Employment Development Department to aggregate data, which the bill would require to be provided by participating workforce program partners, and to report this data to the Board to assist the Board in producing the annual workforce metrics dashboard.

The workforce metrics dashboard shall be produced using existing available data and resources that are currently collected and accessible to state agencies. The Board shall convene workforce program partners to develop a standardized set of inputs and outputs for the workforce metrics dashboard. One aspect of the workforce metrics dashboard shall be to measure, at a minimum and to the extent feasible with existing resources, the performance of the following workforce programs: community college career technical education, the Employment Training Panel, Title I and Title II of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Trade Adjustment Assistance, and state apprenticeship programs.



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