A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO FURTHER ENCOURAGE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT REFORM BY EXPANDING THE ROLE OF THE STATE BOARD OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND INCREASING COLLABORATION AMONG CERTAIN STATE AGENCIES IN DELIVERING SERVICES TO ASSIST UNEMPLOYED INDIVIDUALS REENTER THE WORKFORCE.
As the title indicates. Provides for the following: (1) an alignment of community college courses with laborshed demands, defining laborshed to mean the area or region from which an employment center draws its commuting employees; (2) an increase in access to a range of state services for unemployed individuals; (3) an increase in tuition at community colleges to support financial assistance in the enrollment in programs for high-demand occupations; and (4) a transfer of the apprenticeship program to the Community Colleges System Office. Specifies reporting requirements.
Repeals GS 143A-71, which transferred the Apprenticeship Council to the Department of Labor. Enacts new GS 115D-5.2 to transfer the Apprenticeship Council, via a Type I transfer, to the NC Community Colleges System Office. Provides that if this transfer requires approval by the Office of Apprenticeship, United States Department of Labor, this section is effective upon the date the transfer is approved. Prohibits changes in the organizational structure of the programs transferred under this section, other than those provided by this section, from occurring before January 1, 2014. Provides for the current members of the Apprenticeship Council to serve the remainder of their terms. Authorizes the State Board of Community Colleges to fill vacancies on the Apprenticeship Councilas terms expire or any vacancies that occur prior to the the expiration of a term of office. Requires the Community Colleges Board to present any plans for organizational changes to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee no less than 30 days before they are proposed to become effective.
Makes conforming changes to GS 94-1, GS 94-2, GS 94-3, GS 94-4, GS 94-6, and GS 94-12.