Bill Text: NY S02942 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Creates community college high-technology investment program (C-CHIP) to award grants of up to $100,000 to community colleges to upgrade their educational, occupational, and training services including their facilities, labs, and high technology equipment.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-05-06 - REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE [S02942 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S02942-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    January 31, 2019
        Introduced  by Sen. STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Internet and Technology
        AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in relation to creating  the
          community college high-technology investment program (C-CHIP)
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Legislative  intent.  The  legislature  hereby  finds  that
     2  significant  employment  opportunities  exist  in  growing  fields where
     3  complex technologies require advanced skills. Access  to  modern,  effi-
     4  cient facilities and equipment will provide students with the ability to
     5  learn  about, develop and apply new technologies. Having access to these
     6  modern facilities and equipment will provide students with the knowledge
     7  and skill required for employment in the ever-expanding  high-technology
     8  sector  or  in other sectors of the economy, including manufacturing and
     9  service, that utilize advanced, high-technology-related  processes.  The
    10  legislature  finds  that  it  is  proper  and essential for the state to
    11  support efforts that will  provide  students  with  updated  and  modern
    12  facilities  and  equipment where skills can be learned in a setting that
    13  best matches the workplaces for which the students are  being  prepared.
    14  The  legislature also finds and declares that a well-trained and skilled
    15  workforce will attract businesses seeking to enhance production, modern-
    16  ize or expand as well as start up or relocate to New York state.
    17    The legislature  hereby  authorizes  the  creation  of  the  community
    18  college high-technology investment program (C-CHIP).
    19    §  2.  The  public  authorities law is amended by adding a new section
    20  3154-a to read as follows:
    21    § 3154-a. Community college high-technology investment program.  1.  A
    22  community college high-technology investment program (hereafter referred
    23  to as C-CHIP) is hereby created.
    24    2.  The  foundation shall, from appropriations made available for this
    25  purpose or from appropriations  for  the  research  development  program
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        S. 2942                             2
     1  authorized  under section two hundred nine-p of the executive law, award
     2  grants of up to one hundred thousand dollars to community  colleges  for
     3  reconstructing,  rehabilitating or improving existing laboratory facili-
     4  ties  and  for acquisition or upgrades of equipment necessary to provide
     5  targeted educational, occupational  or  training  services  to  students
     6  seeking  associate degrees or workers seeking occupation-specific train-
     7  ing in order to obtain or retain employment and for  costs  incurred  by
     8  the institution for salaries and benefits of faculty directly engaged in
     9  relevant  educational  activities pursuant to this section.  Such grants
    10  shall be awarded on a competitive basis to community colleges responding
    11  to requests for proposals issued by the office.
    12    3.  Applications  for  grants  authorized  under  this  section  shall
    13  describe  the  grant  program  activities  and shall include, but not be
    14  limited to, the following:
    15    (a) demonstration of need in the region for  skilled  workers  in  the
    16  high-technology fields;
    17    (b)  evidence  of  any  collaboration  with a New York state four-year
    18  institution or  New  York  state  business  including,  (i)  a  detailed
    19  description  of  the  skill needs of the institution or business; (ii) a
    20  detailed description of equipment and other training resources required;
    21    (c) a detailed budget including costs to reconstruct, rehabilitate  or
    22  improve existing laboratory facilities, including equipment;
    23    (d)  a  description of matching funds that may include cash or in-kind
    24  services from federal or private sources; and
    25    (e) salaries and benefits of  faculty  directly  engaged  in  relevant
    26  employment,   educational  and  training  activities  pursuant  to  this
    27  section.
    28    4. The executive director shall submit to the governor, the speaker of
    29  the assembly, and the temporary president of the senate a report on  the
    30  program  by  the  first  of  September, two thousand twenty and annually
    31  thereafter. Such report shall include the following for  each  recipient
    32  under the program:
    33    (a) the names of community colleges receiving awards;
    34    (b) the amounts of each award and matching funds;
    35    (c) a description of equipment purchases and facility upgrades;
    36    (d)  the  number  of  students  or  workers  participating in training
    37  enabled by the program;
    38    (e) employment or other outcomes, including, but not limited  to,  job
    39  retention, enabled by the award; and
    40    (f)  any  other information deemed appropriate by the executive direc-
    41  tor.
    42    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.