Legislature(2019 - 2020)SENATE FINANCE 532

04/04/2019 09:00 AM FINANCE

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+ SB 65 DEPT. OF LABOR: TECHNICAL ED. PROGRAMS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
+ SB 66 LABOR STANDARDS/SAFETY; WORKER COMP. TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled: TELECONFERENCED
+= SB 55 TEMP. APPOINTMENTS TO COURT OF APPEALS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 55(FIN) Out of Committee
SENATE BILL NO. 65                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act relating to the duties of the Department of                                                                        
     Labor and Workforce Development; and providing for an                                                                      
     effective date."                                                                                                           
9:06:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair von Imhof noted that the bill had one section.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:06:09 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TAMIKA LEDBETTER, COMMISSIONER, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND                                                                         
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, spoke from prepared talking points                                                                       
(copy on file):                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
   Good Morning  Madame/Mister  Chair  and  members  of  the                                                                    
   Senate Finance Committee.  Thank you for  the opportunity                                                                    
   to be  here  and to  present  for  your consideration  of                                                                    
   Senate Bill 65. at the Department  of Labor and Workforce                                                                    
   Development, connecting Alaskans to the job opportunities                                                                    
   in our state is a primary focus of  our work. Our goal is                                                                    
   to reach  more young  Alaskans and  to connect  them with                                                                    
   training that will lead to  family-wage job opportunities                                                                    
   in their home regions. Whether those  individuals live in                                                                    
   coastal  Alaska  or  the  interior,  we  are  working  to                                                                    
   identify  partnerships   with   employers  and   training                                                                    
   organizations that will  best prepare Alaskans  for these                                                                    
   opportunities.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
      Senate Bill 65 adds language in Title 44 directing                                                                     
        the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to                                                                    
        coordinate and  monitor state  career and  technical                                                                    
        education programs.  This  will  be accomplished  in                                                                    
        collaboration with the  Department of  Education and                                                                    
        Early Development,  the  University  of Alaska,  and                                                                    
        other entities  that  provide  career and  technical                                                                    
        training.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
      Federal legislation governing the use of Workforce                                                                     
        Innovation Opportunity Act  (WIOA) funding,  as well                                                                    
        as  Carl  Perkins  career  and  technical  education                                                                    
        funding    requires    agency    coordination    and                                                                    
        collaboration. The  specific language  in this  bill                                                                    
        formalizes that requirement.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
      The Department of Labor and Workforce Development                                                                      
        works to provide job  seekers and workers  with high                                                                    
        quality training,  education  and  career  services.                                                                    
        This is a central focus of our mission.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
      The department also  helps  employers find  skilled                                                                    
        workers  and   identifies  education   and  training                                                                    
        opportunities for their current workforce.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
      The Alaska Workforce Investment Board (AWIB) located                                                                   
        in the  Commissioners   office  is  the  lead  state                                                                    
        planning and coordinating entity  for human resource                                                                    
        programs in the  state. Members represent  a diverse                                                                    
        dross-section of business and educational partners.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
      In 2010, the AWIB  worked in  cooperation with  the                                                                    
        Department of  Education and  Early Development  and                                                                    
        the University of Alaska to develop  the 2010 Alaska                                                                    
        Career and  Technical  Education  (CTE)  Plan  witch                                                                    
        called  for   strategies  to   improve  Career   and                                                                    
        Technical  Education   and  prepare   Alaskans  with                                                                    
        required skills  needed  for postsecondary  training                                                                    
        and careers in high growth occupations in Alaska.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
      The CTE  Plan  called  for  increasing  efforts  to                                                                    
        develop   career   pathways,    career   counseling,                                                                    
        standards for  training programs,  coordination, and                                                                    
        program delivery.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
      The Plan addressed the  individual need  for career                                                                    
        preparedness as  well  as  the  broader need  for  a                                                                    
        training and  education  system  that is  efficient,                                                                    
        effective and  coordinated with  current and  future                                                                    
        workforce needs.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
      In 2018, these  same  partners developed  the  2018                                                                    
        Addendum  to   the  Alaska   Career  and   Technical                                                                    
        Education (CTE) Plan to  reenergize the conversation                                                                    
        around CTE, reexamine CTE Plan  strategies, and help                                                                    
        ensure that  our  broad  spectrum of  education  and                                                                    
        training opportunities are communicated to Alaskans.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
      A CTE Coordinator located within the  Department of                                                                    
        Labor and Workforce  Development works  to implement                                                                    
        these CTE Plan strategies.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
      AVTEC  the Alaska Vocational  Tech Education Center                                                                    
        -  is  the   premiere  state  training   school  for                                                                    
        customized trainings directed at specific employers,                                                                    
        and longer-term  trainings  averaging  9  months  in                                                                    
        duration in  maritime, applied  technology, culinary                                                                    
        arts,   energy   and   building    technology,   and                                                                    
        information technology.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
      Another key role that the Department of Labor plays                                                                    
        in the dissemination of career and technical                                                                            
        training funds thorough, STEP, TVEP and many federal                                                                    
        grant programs.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
      Senate Bill 65 formalized the role of the Department                                                                   
        of Labor and Workforce Development as the lead                                                                          
        agency in coordinating and monitoring state career                                                                      
        and technical education.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:11:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  von Imhof  wondered  they the  role  needed to  be                                                                    
formalized  in statute  if programs  were already  monitored                                                                    
under the CTE Plan.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:11:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Commissioner Ledbetter replied  that the legislation offered                                                                    
more structure to  the process and gave  the department more                                                                    
of a  leadership role in  ensuring that  technical education                                                                    
was properly coordinated and monitored across the state.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  von  Imhof  thought  that  the  formalization  was                                                                    
unnecessary but deferred to  the department's judgement that                                                                    
it would  give the department  the  teeth  to work  with the                                                                    
federal government for federal grant funding.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:12:42 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Shower  wondered who  previously performed  the duty                                                                    
of coordinating  and monitoring  state career  and technical                                                                    
education.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Commissioner  Ledbetter  replied  that  AWIB  had  monitored                                                                    
career and technical education.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:13:51 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson pointed to the  fiscal note, which showed zero                                                                    
from  2021  through  2025. He  wondered  how  confident  the                                                                    
department  was  that  the program  would  continue  without                                                                    
additional funding.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:13:57 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Commissioner Ledbetter replied that she was very confident.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson asked where future funding would be found.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Commissioner Ledbetter replied that  the program was already                                                                    
underway and  urged the passing  of the legislation  so that                                                                    
the department could have a more formalized role.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:14:48 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  von Imhof  asked  whether the  bill  would have  a                                                                    
fiscal impact to the state.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:15:03 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Commissioner Ledbetter agreed to provide that information.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:15:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Shower asked  whether vacant PCNs had  been used for                                                                    
the  hiring  of  the  new  Career  and  Technical  Education                                                                    
Coordinator.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Commissioner Ledbetter  said that  the position  had already                                                                    
been filled.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:15:42 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair von Imhof OPENED public testimony.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:16:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOEY CRUM, PRESIDENT AND  CEO, NORTHERN INDUSTRIAL TEACHING,                                                                    
PALMER  (via  teleconference),  spoke   in  support  of  the                                                                    
legislation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:18:28 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LOUISE  DEAN, DIRECTOR,  ALASKA  WORKFORCE INVESTMENT  BOARD                                                                    
(via teleconference), was available for questions.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:18:45 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VIKKI JO  KENNEDY, SELF, KODIAK (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support of the bill.                                                                                                         
9:19:46 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair von Imhof CLOSED public testimony.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SB 65 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                               
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 55 Work Draft Version U.pdf SFIN 4/4/2019 9:00:00 AM
SB 55
SB 66 support ASHBA.pdf SFIN 4/4/2019 9:00:00 AM
SB 66
SB 66 - transmittal letter.pdf SFIN 4/4/2019 9:00:00 AM
SB 66
SB 66 Commissioner Ledbetter Testimony.pdf SFIN 4/4/2019 9:00:00 AM
SB 66
SB 66 Bill and Sectional Analysis - DOLWD.pdf SFIN 4/4/2019 9:00:00 AM
SB 66