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Substitute Senate Bill No. 343

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-190

AN ACT CONCERNING THE COMMUNITY-TECHNICAL COLLEGES AND JOB TRAINING.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 31-3c of the general statutes, as amended by section 1 of public act 95-250, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The Labor Commissioner, with the approval of the Commissioners of Economic and Community Development and Education, shall establish a program for preemployment and postemployment job training for the purpose of meeting the labor requirements of specific employers at any facility which is an "industrial project" as defined under subsection (d) of section 32-23d, whether or not the industrial project is financed by the Connecticut Development Authority, and shall promulgate regulations necessary to implement such job training program. The Labor Commissioner shall use funds appropriated to the Labor Department for vocational and manpower training in carrying out such job training program, except that not more than four per cent of such funds may be used to pay the cost of its administration. UPON RECEIPT OF A REQUEST FOR JOB TRAINING PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION, THE LABOR COMMISSIONER SHALL NOTIFY THE CHANCELLOR OF THE REGIONAL COMMUNITY-TECHNICAL COLLEGES, OR HIS DESIGNEE, OF SUCH REQUEST. THE CHANCELLOR, OR HIS DESIGNEE, SHALL DETERMINE IF A TRAINING PROGRAM EXISTS OR CAN BE DESIGNED AT A REGIONAL COMMUNITY-TECHNICAL COLLEGE TO MEET SUCH TRAINING NEED AND SHALL NOTIFY THE LABOR COMMISSIONER OF SUCH DETERMINATION. The Labor Commissioner shall TO THE EXTENT POSSIBLE make arrangements [to the extent possible] for the participation of THE REGIONAL COMMUNITY-TECHNICAL COLLEGES, the Connecticut State University system, OTHER INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION, OTHER POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS, ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND state regional vocational-technical schools [and regional community-technical colleges] in implementing the program [in this section.] NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL PRECLUDE THE LABOR COMMISSIONER FROM CONSIDERING OR CHOOSING OTHER PROVIDERS TO MEET SUCH TRAINING NEED. FOR THE PERIOD FROM JULY 1, 1996, TO JUNE 30, 1999, THE COMMISSIONER OF LABOR, OR HIS DESIGNEE, THE CHANCELLOR OF THE COMMUNITY-TECHNICAL COLLEGES AND THE CHAIRPERSONS OF THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY HAVING COGNIZANCE OF MATTERS RELATING TO EDUCATION SHALL MEET SEMI-ANNUALLY TO REVIEW ACTIONS TAKEN PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION AND SECTION 3 OF THIS ACT.

Sec. 2. Section 31-3l of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The members of a board shall be appointed by the chief elected officials of the municipalities in the region in accordance with the provisions of an agreement entered into by such municipalities. In the absence of an agreement the appointments shall be made by the Governor. The membership of each board shall satisfy the requirements for a private industry council as provided under the Job Training Partnership Act. To the extent consistent with such requirements: (1) Business members shall constitute a majority of each board and shall include owners of businesses, chief executives or chief operating officers of nongovernmental employers, or other business executives who have substantial management or policy responsibilities. Whenever possible, at least one half of the business and industry members shall be representatives of small businesses, including minority businesses; (2) the nonbusiness members shall include representatives of community-based organizations, state and local organized labor, state and municipal government, human service agencies, economic development agencies and REGIONAL COMMUNITY-TECHNICAL COLLEGES AND OTHER educational institutions, including secondary and postsecondary institutions and regional vocational technical schools; (3) the nonbusiness representatives shall be selected by the appointing authority from among individuals nominated by the commissioner and the organizations, agencies, institutions and groups set forth in subdivisions (2) and (5), and each appointing authority shall solicit nominations from the commissioner and the organizations, agencies, institutions and groups set forth in subdivisions (2) and (5); (4) labor representatives shall be selected from individuals recommended by recognized state and local labor federations in a manner consistent with the federal Job Training Partnership Act; (5) the board shall represent the interests of a broad segment of the population of the region, including the interests of welfare recipients, persons with disabilities, veterans, dislocated workers, younger and older workers, women, minorities and displaced homemakers; and (6) in each region where a private industry council has elected by a vote of its members to become a regional work force development board and the commissioner has approved the council as a board, the initial membership of each board shall include, but not be limited to, the business members of the private industry council in the region.

Sec. 3. (NEW) In the assessment and provision of job training for employers, the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development and the executive director of the Connecticut Development Authority shall request the assistance of the Labor Commissioner. Upon receipt of a request for job training pursuant to this section, the Labor Commissioner shall notify the Chancellor of the Regional Community-Technical Colleges, or his designee, of such request. The chancellor, or his designee, shall determine if a training program exists or can be designed at a regional community-technical college to meet such training need and shall notify the Labor Commissioner of such determination. The Labor Commissioner shall to the extent possible make arrangements for the participation of the regional community-technical colleges, the Connecticut State University system, other institutions of higher education, other post-secondary institutions, adult education programs and state regional vocational-technical schools in implementing the program. Nothing in this section shall preclude the Labor Commissioner from considering or choosing other providers to meet such training need.

Sec. 4. (NEW) The Department of Administrative Services or any other state agency which seeks to contract for training for their employees shall, prior to entering into a contract, contact the Chancellor of the Regional Community-Technical Colleges, or his designee, to determine if an appropriate training program exists or can be designed at a regional community-technical college. Nothing in this section shall preclude an agency from considering or choosing other providers to meet such training need.

Sec. 5. The Labor Commissioner, in consultation with: (1) The Commissioners of Economic and Community Development, Education and Higher Education; (2) the Chancellor of the Regional Community-Technical Colleges and the President of the Connecticut State University System, and (3) the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges, the Association of Connecticut Career Schools, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, the Connecticut AFL-CIO, the Connecticut Association of Adult and Continuing Education and the regional workforce development boards, shall study the establishment of a comprehensive electronic inventory and description of available public and private job training programs for use by business. On or before January 15, 1997, the Labor Commissioner shall make recommendations for such establishment, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education and labor.

Sec. 6. Subsection (a) of section 7-323k of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) There is established a Commission on Fire Prevention and Control to consist of twelve members appointed by the Governor. The State Fire Marshal or his designee and the [executive secretary of the Board of Trustees] CHANCELLOR of the Community-Technical Colleges or his designee shall serve as ex-officio, voting members of said commission. Of the twelve members appointed by the Governor, two shall represent The Connecticut State Firemen's Association, two shall represent the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association, two shall represent the Uniformed Fire Fighters of the International Association of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO, two shall represent the Connecticut Fire Marshals Association, two shall represent the Connecticut Fire Department Instructors Association and two shall represent the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.

Sec. 7. Subsection (a) of section 10a-72 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Subject to state-wide policy and guidelines established by the Board of Governors of Higher Education, said board of trustees shall administer the regional community-technical colleges and plan for the expansion and development of the institutions within its jurisdiction and submit such plans to the Board of Governors of Higher Education for review and recommendations. The Commissioner of Public Works on request of the board of trustees shall, in accordance with section 4b-30, negotiate and execute leases on such physical facilities as the board of trustees may deem necessary for proper operation of such institutions, and said board of trustees may expend capital funds therefor, if such leasing is required during the planning and construction phases of institutions within its jurisdiction for which such capital funds were authorized. The board of trustees may appoint and remove the chief executive officer of each institution within its jurisdiction, and with respect to its own operation the board may appoint and remove [an executive secretary] A CHANCELLOR and an executive staff. The board of trustees may determine the size of the executive staff and the duties, terms and conditions of employment of [said secretary] A CHANCELLOR and staff, subject to personnel guidelines established by the Board of Governors of Higher Education in consultation with said board of trustees, provided said board of trustees may not appoint or reappoint members of the executive staff for terms longer than one year. The board of trustees may employ the faculty and other personnel needed to operate and maintain the institutions within its jurisdiction. Within the limitation of appropriations, the board of trustees shall fix the compensation of such personnel, establish terms and conditions of employment and prescribe their duties and qualifications. Said board of trustees shall determine who constitutes its professional staff and establish compensation and classification schedules for its professional staff. Said board shall annually submit to the Commissioner of Administrative Services a list of the positions which it has included within the professional staff. The board shall establish a division of technical and technological education. The board of trustees shall confer such certificates and degrees as are appropriate to the curricula of community-technical colleges subject to the approval of the Board of Governors of Higher Education. The board of trustees shall with the advice of, and subject to the approval of, the Board of Governors of Higher Education, prepare plans for the development of a regional community-technical college and submit the same to the Commissioner of Public Works and request said commissioner to select the site for such college. Within the limits of the bonding authority therefor, the commissioner, subject to the provisions of section 4b-23, may acquire such site and construct such buildings as are consistent with the plan of development approved by the Board of Governors of Higher Education.

Sec. 8. This act shall take effect July 1, 1996.

Approved June 3, 1996. Effective July 1, 1996.

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