Education and Workforce Development Committee Update
February 20, 2013
On February 12, during his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama referenced the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) in Brooklyn. He said:
“Let’s also make sure that a high school diploma puts our kids on a path to a good job. Right now, countries like Germany focus on graduating their high school students with the equivalent of a technical degree from one of our community colleges, so that they’re ready for a job. At schools like P-Tech in Brooklyn, a collaboration between New York Public Schools, the City University of New York, and IBM, students will graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree in computers or engineering.”
New York needs to build on the success of schools like P-TECH. The Business Council invites member companies interested in learning more about this innovative grade 9-14 model.
The Executive Budget changes the base aid formula for community college program funding so that enrollment in a program that confers a credit-bearing certificate, an Associate of Occupational Studies degree or an Associate in Applied Science degree will only count as aidable college enrollment if:
- The program is a partnership between the community college and one or more employers to train and employ students in a specific occupation OR
- The program prepares students for an occupation that meets current or emerging regional workforce needs based on a list provided by the NYSDOL or identified by the regional economic development council, and has an advisory committee made up of members of whom the majority are employers in the occupation or sector (or related sector) that employ or commit to employ workers in the region where the community college is located, and the committee advises the college on the program’s curriculum.
Enrollment in programs not meeting the requirements above would still count as aidable enrollment in the 2013-14 fiscal year if a student was enrolled in the same program and was counted in the determination of aidable college enrollment during, or prior to, the 2012-13 fiscal year.
The Executive Budget puts aside $5 million in new performance grants for the Next Generation Job Linkage Program incentive fund, which will make awards to community college programs based on criteria that include:
- The number of students who are employed following degree or certificate completion and their wage gains, as determined by the NYSDOL.
- The number of degree and certificate completions and student transfers to other higher education institutions, and the number of such completions for students academically “at-risk.”
- The number of students who make adequate progress towards completion of a degree or certificate, which may include accelerated completion of a developmental education program.
What do you think? The Business Council is interested to hear from members on this proposal.