Substitute Senate Bill No. 1074
         Substitute Senate Bill No. 1074

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-195


AN   ACT   CONCERNING   THE   CONNECTICUT   CAREER
CERTIFICATE PROGRAM.


    Be it enacted  by  the  Senate  and  House  of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1.  Section  10-20a  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  (1)  Local   and   regional   boards   of
education,   the   regional   vocational-technical
school  system,  POSTSECONDARY   INSTITUTIONS  and
regional educational service  centers,  MAY (A) in
consultation with REGIONAL  WORKFORCE  DEVELOPMENT
BOARDS  ESTABLISHED  PURSUANT  TO  SECTION  31-3k,
local  employers,  labor   organizations  [,]  AND
community-based organizations [and institutions of
higher education, may]  establish programs leading
to a Connecticut  career certificate in accordance
with this section  AND (B) ENROLL STUDENTS IN SUCH
PROGRAMS BASED ON ENTRY CRITERIA DETERMINED BY THE
ESTABLISHING  AGENCY.  Such   programs   shall  be
approved by the  Commissioner of Education and the
Labor Commissioner after review and comment by the
regional [workforce development  board established
pursuant   to  section   31-3k]   SCHOOL-TO-CAREER
PARTNERSHIP  ESTABLISHED BY  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF
EDUCATION  PURSUANT TO  SUBDIVISION  (2)  OF  THIS
SUBSECTION for the  region in which the program is
proposed  to  operate.  Applications  for  program
approval shall be submitted to the Commissioner of
Education in such  form  and  at  such  time as he
prescribes. All programs  leading to a Connecticut
career certificate shall  provide equal access for
all  students  and  necessary  accommodations  and
support for students with disabilities.
    (2)  THE  COMMISSIONER   OF   EDUCATION  SHALL
ESTABLISH REGIONAL SCHOOL-TO-CAREER  PARTNERSHIPS.
THE PARTNERSHIPS SHALL  INCLUDE,  BUT  NEED NOT BE
LIMITED     TO,    EDUCATORS,     STUDENTS     AND
REPRESENTATIVES OF LOCAL  AND  REGIONAL  BOARDS OF
EDUCATION, POSTSECONDARY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS,
REGIONAL WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT  BOARDS ESTABLISHED
PURSUANT TO SECTION  31-3k,  BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY
AND LABOR ORGANIZATIONS.
    (b)  Programs  established  pursuant  to  this
section may be  offered  for one or more years and
shall include:
    (1) Not less  than  eighty  hours  [of subject
matter instruction during  any one year, in one of
the   career  clusters]   DURING   ANY   YEAR   OF
SCHOOL-BASED  INSTRUCTION  WHICH  FOCUSES  ON  THE
ACADEMIC,  TECHNICAL  AND   EMPLOYABILITY   SKILLS
OUTLINED  IN  THE   SKILL   STANDARDS  established
pursuant to subsection  [(d)] (c) of this section,
AND INSTRUCTION IN  THE  HISTORY  OF  THE AMERICAN
ECONOMY  AND  THE  ROLE  OF  LABOR,  BUSINESS  AND
INDUSTRY;
    (2) [Not less  than  one  hundred eighty hours
and  not more  than  three  hundred  sixty  hours,
during any one  year,  of]  WORK-BASED INSTRUCTION
WHICH INCLUDES worksite  experience, including all
major activities related  to  the  career cluster.
Such worksite experience  shall:  [be:] (A) [Paid]
BE PAID, except  as provided in section 10-20b, AS
AMENDED BY SECTION  2  OF  THIS ACT, (B) INCLUDE A
PLANNED  PROGRAM  OF   JOB   TRAINING   AND   WORK
EXPERIENCES,   INCLUDING   TRAINING   RELATED   TO
PREEMPLOYMENT AND EMPLOYMENT SKILLS TO BE MASTERED
AT   PROGRESSIVELY   HIGHER   LEVELS,   THAT   ARE
COORDINATED  WITH  SCHOOL-BASED  INSTRUCTION,  (C)
INCLUDE INSTRUCTION, TO THE EXTENT PRACTICABLE, IN
ALL ASPECTS OF  THE  INDUSTRY,  (D)  RELATE TO THE
ACADEMIC,  TECHNICAL  AND   EMPLOYABILITY   SKILLS
OUTLINED  IN  THE   SKILL   STANDARDS  ESTABLISHED
PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION  (c)  OF  THIS SECTION, (E)
INCLUDE,  BUT  NOT   BE   LIMITED  TO,  ON-THE-JOB
TRAINING, INTERNSHIPS, COMMUNITY SERVICE AND FIELD
TRIPS, (F) BE  conducted  in  accordance  with  an
individualized  written  training   and  mentoring
plan, agreed to  by  the  student,  HIS  PARENT OR
GUARDIAN, IF THE  STUDENT  IS UNDER EIGHTEEN YEARS
OF AGE, the  principal  of the school OR THE CHIEF
EXECUTIVE  OFFICER OF  THE  AGENCY  OPERATING  THE
PROGRAM in which the student is enrolled, or [his]
THE designee OF  SUCH PRINCIPAL OR CHIEF EXECUTIVE
OFFICER, and the  employer,  and  [(C)]  (G) BE in
conformance  with  the   requirements  of  section
10-20d, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 4 OF THIS ACT; and
    (3) [Coordination of  participating employers,
schools  and  students]   ACTIVITIES  THAT  ENSURE
COORDINATION BETWEEN SCHOOL-BASED  INSTRUCTION AND
WORK-BASED INSTRUCTION, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED
TO,   (A)   CAREER   AWARENESS   AND   EXPLORATION
OPPORTUNITIES, AND (B)  INFORMATION  AND  GUIDANCE
CONCERNING TRANSITION TO POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION.
    [(c)  Students  in   grades   ten  to  twelve,
inclusive, and ungraded special education students
who are at  least  fifteen  years of age and under
twenty-one  years of  age  shall  be  eligible  to
participate in such programs upon demonstration of
interest,  entry  level   skills  and  such  other
criteria as may  be  determined  by  the  local or
regional board of  education  in consultation with
participating employers.
    (d)] (c) For purposes of this section, "career
cluster" means a  range of occupations which share
a set of  skills  and  knowledge.  Such skills and
knowledge  [shall]  include   (1)   academic   AND
TECHNICAL skills related to the type of employment
[,]  AND  (2)  general  [workplace]  EMPLOYABILITY
skills. [, (3) the history of the American economy
and the role  of labor, business and industry, (4)
career    guidance    and     information    about
opportunities   for   effective    transition   to
postsecondary  education.]  The   Commissioner  of
Education,  in  consultation   with  other  state,
regional and local agencies, business and industry
and  labor  organizations,  shall  [establish  and
publish]  MAINTAIN  a  list  of  state  recognized
career clusters [not later than September 1, 1994,
and shall establish]  AND skill standards for each
SUCH career cluster.  [not  later than November 1,
1994.]
    Sec. 2. Section 10-20b of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    (a) Except for  the provisions of chapter 567,
all  state  and   federal   laws  and  regulations
relating   to   employment,   apprenticeship   and
occupational licensing shall  apply to students in
a  program  leading   to   a   Connecticut  career
certificate pursuant to section 10-20a, AS AMENDED
BY SECTION 1 OF THIS ACT. Employers found to be in
violation of A  federal  or state labor law may be
prohibited from participation in the program.
    (b) Students participating  in  such  programs
shall not: (1)  Replace  any employee or cause any
reduction in hours  of  work,  wages or employment
benefits   of  any   employee   of   an   employer
participating in the program or (2) be employed in
a job from  which  an  employee of a participating
employer  has been  laid  off  and  for  which  he
retains recall rights. No employer shall terminate
the  employment  of   any   of  its  employees  or
otherwise reduce its  workforce  or  work hours in
order to fill  a vacancy so created with a student
participating in the program. The participation of
any  employer who  is  a  party  to  one  or  more
collective bargaining agreements  covering work to
be performed by  a  student  participating  in the
program  shall  be   conditioned  on  the  written
concurrence of each  labor  organization that is a
party to such an agreement.
    (c) The employment  of  students  in  programs
established pursuant to section 10-20a, AS AMENDED
BY  SECTION  1   OF   THIS   ACT,  shall  be  paid
employment, unless the  Labor Commissioner, or his
designee, in consultation with the Commissioner of
Education, or his  designee, receives and approves
a written request from the principal of the school
OR  THE CHIEF  EXECUTIVE  OFFICER  OF  THE  AGENCY
OPERATING THE PROGRAM  in  which  the  student  is
enrolled, or [his]  THE designee OF SUCH PRINCIPAL
OR CHIEF EXECUTIVE  OFFICER,  that such employment
not be paid  because  of worksite experiences that
are  generally  not   paid   employment,  such  as
community  service  activities.   The   terms   of
compensation shall be  (1)  negotiated between the
employer and such  principal  OR  CHIEF  EXECUTIVE
OFFICER, or [his]  THE  designee OF SUCH PRINCIPAL
OR CHIEF EXECUTIVE  OFFICER,  (2)  accepted by the
student, (3) based  on  the nature of the work and
the status of the student-worker as a student, and
(4) reasonable for the actual work performed.
    Sec. 3. Section 10-20c of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    (a)  The Commissioner  of  Education  and  the
Labor   Commissioner   shall   jointly   issue   a
Connecticut  career certificate  to  students  who
successfully   complete  a   program   established
pursuant to section  10-20a, AS AMENDED BY SECTION
1  OF  THIS   ACT,  and  demonstrate  satisfactory
academic  achievement  in   accordance  with  such
standards as may be adopted by the Commissioner of
Education.
    (b) No [less]  MORE  than  one elective credit
for purposes of  section  10-221a shall be awarded
for  each  such  program  [which  is  successfully
completed, provided more  than one elective credit
may  be  awarded   for  a  program  that  is  more
extensive than the  minimum  program  described in
subsection (b) of  section 10-20a] OF AT LEAST ONE
HUNDRED  TWENTY HOURS  OF  WORK-BASED  INSTRUCTION
WHICH IS SUCCESSFULLY  COMPLETED  AT THE SECONDARY
LEVEL.  CREDIT  FOR   WORK   EXPERIENCE   AT   THE
POSTSECONDARY LEVEL SHALL  BE  DETERMINED  BY  THE
BOARD OF TRUSTEES  OR  GOVERNING AUTHORITY FOR THE
POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTION IN  WHICH THE STUDENT IS
ENROLLED.
    Sec. 4. Section 10-20d of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    (a)   The  Commissioner   of   Education,   in
consultation with the  Labor  Commissioner and the
Commissioners    of   Economic    and    Community
Development and Higher  Education,  shall,  within
the limits of  available  appropriations,  provide
grants to local  and regional boards of education,
the  vocational-technical  school   system,  [and]
POSTSECONDARY  INSTITUTIONS,  REGIONAL   WORKFORCE
DEVELOPMENT BOARDS, regional  educational  service
centers  AND  OTHER   APPROPRIATE   AGENCIES   AND
ORGANIZATIONS  to  support   the  development  and
implementation   of   programs    leading   to   a
Connecticut career certificate pursuant to section
10-20a, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 1 OF THIS ACT.
    (b)  In  awarding   grants  pursuant  to  this
section, the Commissioner  of Education shall give
priority to interdistrict  programs  and  programs
operated   in  priority   school   districts,   as
described in section  10-266p.  Grant applications
shall include documentation  of review and comment
by  the  regional   [workforce  development  board
established    pursuant    to    section    31-3k]
SCHOOL-TO-CAREER  PARTNERSHIP ESTABLISHED  BY  THE
COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION  for the region in which
the program is proposed to operate.
    (c) If the  Commissioner  of  Education  finds
that some or  all  of  the  amount  of  any  grant
awarded  pursuant to  this  section  is  used  for
purposes which are not in conformity with sections
10-20a to 10-20d,  inclusive,  AS  AMENDED BY THIS
ACT, or is  used  to  reduce  the  local  share of
support for schools  or  to  supplant  a  previous
source of funding,  the  commissioner  may require
repayment of such grant to the state.
    (d) Each grant  recipient  shall submit to the
Commissioner of Education,  at  such  time  and in
such manner as  he  prescribes, a biennial program
evaluation report.
    Sec. 5. This  act  shall  take effect from its
passage.

Approved June 24, 1997