2019-02-22

AB 1457 - Regional business training center network: pilot project.

California’s dominance in many economic areas is based, in part, on the significant role small businesses play in the state’s $2.9 trillion economy. Two separate studies, one by the United States Census Bureau and another by the Kaufman... Read more
California’s dominance in many economic areas is based, in part, on the significant role small businesses play in the state’s $2.9 trillion economy. Two separate studies, one by the United States Census Bureau and another by the Kaufman Foundation, found that net job growth was strongest among businesses with less than 20 employees. California firms represented 12.6 percent of all businesses in the United States in 2015, with 88.3 percent of firms having less than 20 employees. Supporting small business development has shown to be a successful inclusive economic growth strategy advantaging businesses throughout the state, including historically underserved business groups such as minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses, and hard to serve areas of the state such as low wealth, rural, and disaster-impacted communities. Read less
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February 22, 2019
Submitted by: Sabrina Cervantes

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Section 13997.3 is added to the Government Code, to read: 

13997.3. (a) The Employment Training Panel shall establish a pilot project to enhance the regionally focused statewide business training center network of community college contract education centers to partner with other assistance providers servicing small... Read more

Section 13997.3 is added to the Government Code, to read: 

13997.3. (a) The Employment Training Panel shall establish a pilot project to enhance the regionally focused statewide business training center network of community college contract education centers to partner with other assistance providers servicing small businesses. The pilot project may be guided through an Employment Training Panel partnership, which may include the California Community Colleges, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, and the California Workforce Development Board. 

(b) The Employment Training Panel shall develop the pilot project to achieve all of the following purposes: 

(1) To support the enhancement of a regionally focused statewide network of at least 10 regional business training centers, and their subcontracted community college partners, within the California Community Colleges that hold multiple employer contracts with the Employment Training Panel. 

(2) To support the upskilling of the regional workforce to meet the demand for jobs in essential industry sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the emerging and dominant industry sectors in the post COVID-19 economy. 

(3) To strengthen the capacity of a region’s small business service providers to meet the demands being placed upon it by the COVID-19 pandemic through heightened coordination and referrals between small business financial and technical assistance centers and regional education and training system partners, including, but not limited to, community college credit, noncredit, and not-for-credit courses, community college workforce training units, including contract education, local workforce boards, public and private universities and colleges, and private training and higher education partners. The intent is to increase coordination within the workforce development ecosystem, leverage and build upon existing efforts to avoid duplication, and to supplement and expand where needed to meet employer training needs. 

(c) (1) (A) Each region’s training activities under the pilot project shall be based on a regional skills map that identifies and compares the occupations that experience the highest number of job losses with those that will require additional workers, including occupations in industries that are considered essential in the state’s response to the pandemic and those that will require additional workers as the state economy recovers. 

(B) The regional skills map shall be developed by the Community College Centers of Excellence within the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program (Part 52.5 (commencing with Section 88600) of Division 7 of Title 3 of the Education Code). The contract education centers shall provide information on the types of courses being requested from businesses for upskilling of incumbent and new workers. The data used in the development of the map shall be available, upon request, to local workforce boards within the region. 

(C) The identification of the dominant and emerging industry sectors shall be informed by the most recent local workforce board local plans and the California Community Colleges Strong Workforce regional plans. 

(2) Based on the regional skills map developed pursuant to paragraph (1), the workforce training and contract education units of community colleges participating in the pilot project shall offer short-term training programs that assist displaced and incumbent workers in obtaining the skills necessary to work within essential, emerging, and dominant industry sectors. Training provided shall be consistent with the requirements described in subdivision (g) of Section 88821 of the Education Code and qualify as a “short-term workforce training program” as defined in subdivision (q) of Section 88822 of the Education Code. 

(d) The Employment Training Panel and the partners may establish an advisory board of businesses, workforces, and economic development stakeholders to provide advice on the activities to, and review of, the pilot project. 

(e) The Employment Training Panel may allocate up to 30 percent of the funds appropriated for the purpose of the pilot project to the contract education centers prior to the completion of the regional skills gap map. 

(f) The Employment Training Panel shall submit, in compliance with Section 9795, all of the following reports: 

(1) On or before October 1, 2021, an annual report of the activities of the pilot project in the previous 12 months. 

(2) On or before October 1, 2022, an annual report of the activities of the pilot project in the previous 12 months. 

(3) On or before January 1, 2023, a final report that includes an overall summary of the activities of the pilot project and an assessment of the effectiveness of the pilot project in achieving the purposes identified in subdivision (b). 

(g) The pilot project shall become operative only upon the Legislature making an appropriation to implement the provisions of this section. 

(h) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2025, and as of that date is repealed. 

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Gavin Newsom

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September 30, 2020

I am returning Assembly Bill 1457 without my signature. This bill would require the Employment Training Panel to establish a pilot project to enhance a regional business training center network of community college contract education centers to partner with... Read more

September 30, 2020

I am returning Assembly Bill 1457 without my signature. This bill would require the Employment Training Panel to establish a pilot project to enhance a regional business training center network of community college contract education centers to partner with other assistance providers servicing small businesses. 

While I am highly supportive of training programs that lead to quality jobs and support businesses, particularly in the midst of our current economic climate, this bill does not have the dedicated funding to support the pilot program and could divert funding from other core workforce training programs.

Moreover, this bill is duplicative of current planning efforts by the California Community Colleges and Workforce Development Boards to create a better integrated workforce development system. I look forward to working with these partners, and the Legislature, on achieving that shared goal.

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September 4, 2020

Orange County Business Council (OCBC), the leading voice of business in Orange County, is pleased to support AB 1457 (Cervantes and Reyes). AB 1457 establishes a pilot project to enhance the ability of a regionally-focused  Read more

September 4, 2020

Orange County Business Council (OCBC), the leading voice of business in Orange County, is pleased to support AB 1457 (Cervantes and Reyes). AB 1457 establishes a pilot project to enhance the ability of a regionally-focused statewide business training center network to work hand-in-hand with business leaders, small business service providers, as well as other workforce partners, to get people back to work. This pilot will support the upskilling of the regional workforce to meet the demand for jobs in essential industry sectors during the pandemic and in the emerging and dominant industry sectors in the post COVID-19 economy. 

OCBC has been a regional leader in supporting Orange County's hardest-hit industries, such as tourism, which has lost over 75,000 jobs since this time last year. Immediate training opportunities are crucial to support the millions of Californians who are unemployed due to COVID-19. Time is of the essence, which is why AB 1457 wisely utilizes existing community college contract education centers to prepare the nearly 200,000 unemployed residents of Orange County to quickly fill job openings. OCBC's workforce development partners could support Orange County residents even more effectively if AB 1457 is signed into law.

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Toni Symonds

Chief Consultant, Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy
August 25, 2020

Authors' Response to Opposition: In regard to the concern raised by the opposition about duplicating services, the authors point out that amendments adopted in the Senate specifically state that the pilot is to avoid duplication, and to supplement and expand only where needed to meet employer training... Read more

August 25, 2020

Authors' Response to Opposition: In regard to the concern raised by the opposition about duplicating services, the authors point out that amendments adopted in the Senate specifically state that the pilot is to avoid duplication, and to supplement and expand only where needed to meet employer training needs. 

In regard to the concern raised by the opposition regarding duplicative planning efforts, the authors highlight that (1) those workforce planning efforts will not begin until sometime in the spring of 2021, (2) those regional plans will not be identifying skill gaps – only occupation/industry-level changes, and (3) amendments adopted in the Senate require all data used to identify the regional skill gaps be shared with local workforce boards.     

In regard to the need for longer term credentialing, the authors recognize that addressing the pandemic-induced unemployment will require an array of workforce solutions. AB 1457 is one part of what must be a larger economic recovery strategy.

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AB1457 (Cervantes-Reyes)

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Legislative Analysis: AB 1457

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