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Bill Detail: SB22-140

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Title Expansion Of Experiential Learning Opportunities
Status Governor Signed (06/03/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Labor & Employment
House Sponsors B. McLachlan (D)
J. Amabile (D)
Senate Sponsors R. Gardner (R)
J. Coleman (D)
House Committee Business Affairs and Labor
Senate Committee Business, Labor and Technology
Date Introduced 02/24/2022

The bill requires the department of labor and employment
(department), in partnership with the business experiential-learning
commission in the department, the office of economic development, the
state work force development council, the departments of education and
higher education, the state board for community colleges and
occupational education, and area technical colleges, to provide incentives
to eligible employers to create high-quality, work-based learning
opportunities for adults and youth (incentive program).
The department is required to select at least 2 work-based learning
intermediaries (intermediaries) to coordinate employers, schools, youth,
and adults participating in the incentive program to establish work-based
learning opportunities and select employers to participate in the incentive
The department shall provide monetary incentives to the selected
intermediaries and employers for the implementation of work-based
learning opportunities. The department is required to compile data
concerning the incentive program and submit a report to the business
committees of the senate and house of representatives during the State
Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART)
Government Act hearings held each legislative session.
The office of future work in the department and its partners are
required to create a digital navigation program and employ digital
navigators to:
  • Reach out to youth and adults who have been historically
excluded or disengaged from work-based learning
opportunities and connect them with available
  • Address digital inequities, including access to digital
technology and computer skills training, cybersecurity, and
affordable internet service;
  • Refer youth and adults to career navigation services; and
  • Provide a one-stop service that includes: Making referrals
to work-based learning programs; facilitating enrollment in
digital literacy classes, workshops, and upskilling and
work-based learning opportunities; and assisting with
digital skill development, job applications, and access to
other benefits and services.
The office of new Americans in the department is required to:
  • Convene an 18-month global talent task force to study the
process for certain in-demand occupational licenses, look
at international credentials, and take advantage of the
global pool of skilled workers; and
  • Provide tools for new Americans and English language
learners to enter into work-based learning programs to
improve language and skills development for specific
occupations and careers.
The bill authorizes the executive director of the department to
promulgate rules to implement the incentive program and the digital
navigation program.
The general assembly is required to appropriate $6,100,000 to the
department for the purposes of the bill.

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