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Full Text of SB3315  99th General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section
52-3.167 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.167 new)
7    Sec. 2-3.167. Advisory Committee on Workforce Shortages.
8    (a) The General Assembly recognizes that this State's
9commitment to enabling all citizens to succeed in a
10comprehensive career development system will play a vital role
11in ensuring a continual wealth of prosperity, innovation, and
12opportunity to our communities. Illinois Career and Technical
13Education (CTE) programs educate over 300,000 high school
14students annually through programs aimed to increase career
15development in fields such as agriculture, business marketing
16and computer sciences, family and consumer sciences, health
17science technology, and engineering education. In 2014, 95.3%
18of the students enrolled in CTE graduated from high school;
1977.0% of CTE special needs students graduated from high school.
20This includes students with disabilities,
21economically-disadvantaged students, students-as-parents,
22students preparing for nontraditional fields, displaced
23homemakers, and limited English proficiency students.



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1    The General Assembly also recognizes the importance of
2providing quality college and career readiness programs for its
3citizens. It is imperative to focus on allotting resources to
4core, front-line services that will have an immediate impact on
5both the student and the community at large. Career and
6Technical Education programs are dedicated to serving this
7State's citizens by aligning challenging secondary education
8curricula with relevant career and technical training that
9adequately prepares students to succeed in postsecondary
10education. CTE students routinely continue into postsecondary
11education. In 2014, more than 65.9% of CTE concentrators
12enrolled in either 2-year or 4-year institutions, according to
13National Student Clearinghouse data. In order to properly serve
14the educational needs of every citizen, the General Assembly
15intends to rededicate itself to funding Career and Technical
16Education programs that are both meaningful and essential to
17the long-term sustainability of this State's workforce.
18    (b) The Advisory Committee on Workforce Shortages is
19established to conduct a review of existing career and
20technical education programs administered by the State and make
21recommendations on industry-recognized certification programs
22designed to mitigate workforce shortages in Illinois. The
23Advisory Committee shall consist of the following members:
24        (1) One member of the Senate, appointed by the
25    President of the Senate.
26        (2) One member of the Senate, appointed by the Minority



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1    Leader of the Senate.
2        (3) One member of the House of Representatives,
3    appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
4        (4) One member of the House of Representatives,
5    appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of
6    Representatives.
7        (5) One representative from the State Board of
8    Education, appointed by the State Superintendent of
9    Education.
10        (6) One representative from the Illinois Community
11    College Board, appointed by the Executive Director of the
12    Illinois Community College Board.
13        (7) One representative from the Department of
14    Employment Security, appointed by the Director of
15    Employment Security.
16        (8) Two State experts in career and technical education
17    and vocational training, appointed by the Governor.
18        (9) One representative from a statewide organization
19    representing Illinois career and technical educators,
20    appointed by the Governor.
21        (10) Three representatives from statewide
22    organizations representing a diverse range of professions,
23    which may include, but are not limited to, manufacturers
24    and health care professionals, appointed by the Governor.
25Members of the Advisory Committee shall serve without
26compensation and shall not be reimbursed for their expenses.



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1    (c) The Advisory Committee on Workforce Shortages shall
2meet initially at the call of the State Superintendent of
3Education. At this initial meeting, the Advisory Committee
4shall elect a member as presiding officer of the Advisory
5Committee by a majority vote of the membership of the Advisory
6Committee. Thereafter, the Advisory Committee shall meet at the
7call of the presiding officer.
8    (d) The State Board of Education shall provide
9administrative and other support to the Advisory Committee on
10Workforce Shortages.
11    (e) The Advisory Committee on Workforce Shortages shall:
12        (1) conduct a thorough review of:
13            (A) the existing career and technical education
14        programs administered by the Illinois Community
15        College Board in which support is provided by the
16        Illinois Community College Board to this State's
17        community colleges, with a focus on the degrees and
18        certificates that have been reviewed and approved by
19        the Illinois Community College Board; and
20            (B) the existing career and technical education
21        programs administered by the State Board of Education
22        in which support is provided by the State Board of
23        Education to this State's elementary and secondary
24        schools, with a focus on the degrees and certificates
25        that have been reviewed and approved by the State Board
26        of Education;



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1        (2) identify industries and occupations within this
2    State that face workforce shortages or shortages of
3    adequately trained, entry-level workers;
4        (3) make recommendations on industry-recognized
5    certification programs designed to mitigate workforce
6    shortages in any of the industries or occupations
7    identified under item (2) of this subsection (e);
8        (4) consider the following when making its
9    recommendations:
10            (A) the areas of this State with residual high
11        unemployment rates;
12            (B) costs to the State associated with
13        implementing new programs designed to mitigate
14        workforce shortages in any of the industries or
15        occupations identified under item (2) of this
16        subsection (e); and
17            (C) integrated learning, dual-credit
18        opportunities, and potential opportunities for
19        continuing education at the baccalaureate level; and
20        (5) on or before December 31, 2016, submit a report to
21    the General Assembly and the Governor on specific
22    recommendations for changes to the current law or other
23    legislative measures.
24    (f) The Advisory Committee on Workforce Shortages is
25abolished and this Section is repealed on January 1, 2017.
26    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon



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1becoming law.