AB 2061, as introduced, Waldron. Supervised Population Workforce Training Grant Program.
Existing law, until January 1, 2021, establishes the Supervised Population Workforce Training Grant Program to be administered, as provided, by the California Workforce Investment Board. Existing law establishes grant program eligibility criteria for counties and provides that eligible uses for grant funds include, but are not limited to, vocational training, stipends for trainees, and apprenticeship opportunities for the supervised population, which include individuals on probation, mandatory supervision, and postrelease community supervision. Existing law requires the board to develop criteria for the selection of grant recipients, but requires the board to give preference to certain grant applications, including an application that proposes participation by one or more nonprofit community-based organizations that serve the supervised population. Existing law requires the board, by January 1, 2018, to submit a report to the Legislature containing specified information, including an evaluation of the effectiveness of the grant program.
This bill would also require the board to give preference to a grant application that proposes participation by one or more employers who have demonstrated interest in employing individuals in the supervised population, including earn and learn opportunities. The bill would require the board to include in its report to the Legislature whether the program provided training opportunities in areas related to work skills learned while incarcerated. The bill would update references to the California Workforce Investment Board to reflect its new name, the California Workforce Development Board.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
The Legislature finds and declares all of the
3(a) In recent decades, the number of Americans who have had
4contact with the criminal justice system has increased
5exponentially. It is estimated that about one in three adults in the
6U.S. has a criminal history record, which often consists of an arrest
7that did not lead to conviction, a conviction for which the person
8was not sentenced to a term of incarceration, or a conviction for
9a nonviolent crime.
10(b) On any given day, about 2.3 million people are incarcerated
11in the U.S. and, each year, 700,000 people are released from prison
12and almost 13 million people are admitted to and released from
14(c) California’s long-term economic growth is dependent on
15identifying ways in which those who face barriers to employment,
16such as being formerly incarcerated, can become contributing
17members of society and achieve financial independence.
Section 1234 of the Penal Code is amended to read:
For purposes of this chapter, the following terms have
20the following meanings:
21(a) “California Workforce
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23 Board established pursuant to Article 1 (commencing
24with Section 14010) of Chapter 3 of Division 7 of the
25Unemployment Insurance Code.
P3 1 “Grant program” means the Supervised Population
2Workforce Training Grant Program.
4 “Supervised population” means those persons who are on
5probation, mandatory supervision, or postrelease community
6supervision and are supervised by, or are under the jurisdiction of,
Section 1234.1 of the Penal Code is amended to read:
(a) This chapter establishes the Supervised Population
10Workforce Training Grant Program to be administered by the
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12(b) The grant program shall be developed and implemented in
13accordance with the criteria set forth in Section 1234.3. In
14developing the program, the
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16stakeholders, including local workforce
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17 boards, local governments, and nonprofit community-based
18organizations that serve the supervised population.
19(c) The grant program shall be funded, upon appropriation by
20the Legislature. Implementation of this program is contingent upon
21the director of the
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23have been appropriated for this specific grant program.
24(d) The outcomes from the grant program shall be reported
25pursuant to Section 1234.4.
Section 1234.2 of the Penal Code is amended to read:
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29(a) Develop criteria for the selection of grant recipients through
30a public application process, including, but not limited to, the rating
31and ranking of applications that meet the threshold criteria set forth
32in this section.
33(b) Design the grant program application process to ensure all
34of the following occurs:
35(1) Outreach and technical assistance is made available to
36eligible applicants, especially to small population and rural
38(2) Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.
39(3) Small and rural counties are competitive in applying for
P4 1(4) Applicants are encouraged to develop evidence-based, best
2practices for serving the workforce training and education needs
3of the supervised population.
4(5) The education and training needs of one or both of the
5following are addressed:
6(A) Individuals with some postsecondary education who can
7enter into programs and benefit from services that result in
8certifications, and placement on a middle skill career ladder.
9(B) Individuals who require basic education as well as training
10in order to obtain entry level jobs where there are opportunities
11for career advancement.
Section 1234.3 of the Penal Code is amended to read:
(a) The grant program shall be competitively awarded
14through at least two rounds of funding, with the first phase of
15funding being awarded on or before May 1, 2015.
16(b) Each county is eligible to apply, and a single application
17may include multiple counties applying jointly. Each application
18shall include a partnership agreement between the county or
19counties and one or more local workforce
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20 boards that outline the actions each party agrees to undertake as
21part of the project proposed in the application.
22(c) At a minimum, each project proposed in the application shall
23include a provision for an education and training assessment for
24each individual of the supervised population who participates in
25the project. The assessment may be undertaken by the applicant
26or by another entity. A prior assessment of an individual may be
27used if, in the determination of the
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30responsibility for determining the sufficiency of a prior assessment
31to one or more local workforce
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32(d) Eligible uses of grant funds include, but are not limited to,
33vocational training, stipends for trainees, and
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35services and job readiness activities shall serve as bridge activities
36that lead to enrollment in long-term training programs.
37(e) Preference shall be awarded to applications for the following:
38(1) An application that proposes matching funds, including, but
39not limited to, moneys committed by local workforce
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P5 1 boards, local governments, and private foundation
3(2) An application submitted by a county that currently
4administers or participates in a workforce training program for the
6(3) An application that proposes participation by one or more
7nonprofit community-based organizations that serve the supervised
13(f) An application shall meet the following requirements:
14(1) Set a specific purpose for the use of the grant funds, as well
15as provide the baseline criteria and metrics by which the overall
16success of the grant project can be evaluated.
17(2) Define the specific subset of the supervised population,
18among the eligible supervised population that the grant money
20(3) Define the industry sector or sectors in which the targeted
21supervised population will be trained, including the current and
22projected workforce within the region for those jobs, the range of
23wage rates, and the training and education requirements within
24those industry sectors.
25(4) Define the general methodology and training methods
26proposed to be used and explain the manner in which the progress
27of the targeted supervised population will be monitored during the
29(g) As a condition of receiving funds, a grant recipient shall
30agree to provide information to the
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33reporting requirements in Section 1234.4.
Section 1234.4 of the Penal Code is amended to read:
(a) On at least an annual basis, and upon completion
36of the grant period, grant recipients shall report to the
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37 regarding their use of
38the funds and workforce training program outcomes.
39(b) By January 1, 2018, the
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P6 1the reports from the grant recipients. The report shall contain all
2the following information:
3(1) The overall success of the grant program, based on the goals
4and metrics set in the awarded grants.
5(2) An evaluation of the effectiveness of the grant program
6based on the goals and metrics set in the awarded grants.
7(3) A recommendation on the long-term viability of local
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9collaborations on workforce training programs for the supervised
11(4) A recommendation on the long-term viability of county
12workforce training programs for the supervised population.
13(5) In considering the overall success and effectiveness of the
14grant program, the report shall include a discussion of all of the
16(A) The education and workforce readiness of the supervised
17population at the time individual participants entered the program
18and how this impacted the types of services needed and offered.
19(B) Whether the programs aligned with the workforce needs of
20high-demand sectors of the state and regional economies.
21(C) Whether there was an active job market for the skills being
22developed where the member of the supervised population was
23likely to be released.
24(D) Whether the program increased the number of members of
25the supervised population that obtained a marketable and industry
26or apprenticeship board-recognized certification, credential, or
28(E) Whether the program increased the numbers of the
29supervised population that successfully complete a job readiness
30basic skill bridge program and enroll in a long-term training
32(F) Whether there were formal or informal networks in the field
33that support finding employment upon release from custody.
34(G) Whether the program led to employment in occupations
35with a livable wage.
P7 1 Whether the metrics used to evaluate the individual grants
2were sufficiently aligned with the objectives of the program.
3(c) (1) The requirement for submitting a report imposed under
4subdivision (b) is inoperative on January 1, 2021, pursuant to
5Section 10231.5 of the Government Code.
6(2) A report to be submitted pursuant to subdivision (b) shall
7be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government