• Summary date: Apr 20 2021 - More information

    Directs the Department of Labor (DOL) to establish the Be Pro, Be Proud initiative, a three-year mobile statewide workforce development pilot program to develop student, parent, and educator interest in technical career fields in the construction, manufacturing, transportation, and utility industries.
    Outlines certain operations of the pilot program, including cooperation between DOL and the Department of Public instruction, the Community College System Office, and various professional organizations.
    Appropriates $5 million from the General Fund to DOL in fiscal year 2021-2022 to fund the Be Pro, Be Proud initiative. Unspent funds do not revert to the General Fund until June 30, 2024.
    Authorizes DOL to create a time-limited position to administer the Be Pro, Be Proud initiative.
    Requires DOL to report on program activities to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources and the Fiscal Division of the General Assembly by April 1 of each year it spends State funds on the Be Pro, Be Proud initiative.
    Effective July 1, 2021.

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