CHAPTER 556a
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

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Sec. 31-11aa. Information technology workforce development plan.
Sec. 31-11cc. Adult Literacy Leadership Board: Members.
Sec. 31-11dd. Adult Literacy Leadership Board: Duties and responsibilities. Report and report card.

      Sec. 31-11aa. Information technology workforce development plan. Section 31-11aa is repealed, effective July 1, 2011.

      (P.A. 00-187, S. 28, 75; P.A. 01-173, S. 46, 67; P.A. 11-48, S. 303.)

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      Sec. 31-11cc. Adult Literacy Leadership Board: Members. (a) The Labor Commissioner, with the assistance of the Office of Workforce Competitiveness, shall establish the Adult Literacy Leadership Board as a standing committee of the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission to review and advise the commission on workforce investment and adult literacy programs and services. The board shall consist of seven voting members and eight ex-officio nonvoting members.

      (1) The voting members shall include one member who (A) directs a community literacy program; (B) directs a regional literacy program; (C) represents a public library; (D) directs a literacy outcome study from a private university; (E) directs a literacy outcome study from a public university; (F) represents an adult literacy advocacy group; and (G) has experience in research, planning and evaluation in literacy. The Governor shall appoint the chairperson, who shall be a voting member and described in this subdivision. Following the appointment of the chairperson, such chairperson, in consultation with the Labor Commissioner, shall appoint the remaining six voting members as described in this subdivision.

      (2) The ex-officio nonvoting members shall consist of the following members, or their designees: The Commissioners of Correction, Education, Economic and Community Development and Social Services, the president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education, the Labor Commissioner, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the State Librarian.

      (3) The voting members shall serve for a term of four years.

      (b) The chairperson of the board may create positions that the board deems necessary and may fill such positions from among its members. The powers of the board shall be vested in and exercised by not less than four members of the board. Four members of the board shall constitute a quorum.

      (c) The Labor Department may solicit and receive funds on behalf of the board and the commission from any public or private sources to carry out its activities.

      (d) The board shall terminate as a standing committee of the commission on July 1, 2012.

      (P.A. 08-163, S. 2; P.A. 11-48, S. 94.)

      History: P.A. 08-163 effective July 1, 2008; P.A. 11-48 amended Subsec. (a) by replacing reference to Office of Workforce Competitiveness with reference to Labor Commissioner, with the assistance of Office of Workforce Competitiveness, replacing "director of the Office of Workforce Competitiveness" with "Labor Commissioner" in Subdiv. (1), and deleting references to Commissioner of Higher Education, director of the Office of Workforce Competitiveness and chancellor of the regional community-technical colleges and inserting reference to president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education in Subdiv. (2), and amended Subsec. (c) by replacing "Office of Workforce Competitiveness" with "Labor Department", effective July 1, 2011 (Revisor's note: In Subsec. (a), a reference to "its Office" was changed editorially by the Revisors to "the Office" for clarity, and a reference to "ten ex-officio nonvoting members" was changed editorially by the Revisors to "eight ex-officio nonvoting members" for accuracy).

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      Sec. 31-11dd. Adult Literacy Leadership Board: Duties and responsibilities. Report and report card. (a) The Adult Literacy Leadership Board shall:

      (1) Create vision and mission statements by January 1, 2009;

      (2) Develop and update a three-year strategic plan, in accordance with section 31-11ee;

      (3) Report recommendations annually through the commission to the Governor and General Assembly, in accordance with subsection (c) of this section, for sources and levels of funding to meet the goals and objectives outlined in the strategic plan under section 31-11ee;

      (4) Establish results-based accountability measures for the adult literacy system and use them to track progress toward the goals and objectives outlined in the strategic plan;

      (5) With state-agency partners, develop and maintain an online centralized inventory of all adult literacy programs and services offered in the state that includes a description of the type of service, the time and place it is offered and any eligibility requirements or fees;

      (6) Establish standards for adult literacy service providers, including requirements for waiting lists;

      (7) Require each adult literacy service provider in the state to maintain a waiting list and report the information to the board, in accordance with standards the board establishes;

      (8) Promote coordination and collaboration of delivery of adult literacy programs and services through regionalized service delivery and community partnerships;

      (9) Prepare information on the status of adult literacy in this state for inclusion in the commission's annual report card, in accordance with subsection (d) of this section and section 31-3bb; and

      (10) Pilot the best practices which are identified through the research and analysis of adult literacy programs state-wide.

      (b) The Labor Department, in accordance with subsection (c) of section 4-124w, may request other state agencies, including, but not limited to, the Departments of Education, Economic and Community Development and Social Services, the Board of Regents for Higher Education and the Board of Trustees of the Community-Technical Colleges, to provide information, reports and other assistance to the board in carrying out its duties, pursuant to subsection (a) of this section and sections 31-11cc and 31-11ee, and to the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission in carrying out its duties pursuant to subsection (d) of this section.

      (c) On or before January 1, 2009, and annually thereafter, the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission shall report, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the Governor and to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the judiciary, education, higher education, economic and community development, labor and human services on (1) the board's progress in developing and implementing the strategic plan, (2) the board's recommendations for sources and levels of funding to meet the goals outlined in the strategic plan, and (3) the adult literacy section of the commission's annual report card prepared pursuant to subdivision (9) of subsection (a) of this section.

      (d) The Connecticut Employment and Training Commission's annual report card, prepared pursuant to subdivision (9) of subsection (a) of this section and section 31-3bb, shall provide information on the status of adult literacy in the state. The commission's annual report card shall identify each major component of the adult literacy system, including, but not limited to, adult education, family literacy and workplace literacy, and provide for each component: (1) The number and demographics of persons served, (2) a description of sources of funding, and (3) performance measures for adult literacy services.

      (P.A. 08-163, S. 3, 5-7; P.A. 11-48, S. 95, 285.)

      History: P.A. 08-163 effective July 1, 2008; P.A. 11-48 amended Subsec. (b) by replacing "Office of Workforce Competitiveness" with "Labor Department" and deleting Labor Department from list of assisting agencies, effective July 1, 2011; pursuant to P.A. 11-48, "Department of Higher Education" was changed editorially by the Revisors to "Board of Regents for Higher Education" in Subsec. (b), effective July 1, 2011.

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