1998 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Committee Approved)

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VCCS Exc. Institutes HJR 622 (language only)

Item 161 #10s

Item 161 #10s

Education: Higher Education
Virginia Community College System

Page 128, after line 36, insert:
"J. 1. As recommended by House Joint Resolution 622, the Joint Subcommittee to Study Noncredit Education for Workforce Training in the Commonwealth, there are hereby established four state-wide Institutes of Excellence, responsible for training in semiconductors, advanced manufacturing, and information technology throughout the state.  The institutes will include an Institute of Excellence in Semiconductor Training in Richmond; a High Performance Manufacturing Institute of Excellence in the Danville area; an Information Technology Institute of Excellence to supplement the Northern Virginia Workforce Center, funded through the Regional Competitiveness Act;  and the Advanced Manufacturing Center in Wytheville."
2. Out of the Higher Education Equipment Trust Fund allocation for the Virginia Community College System, in the first year $1,000,000 is provided for semiconductor manufacturing training equipment for the
Institute of Excellence in Semiconductor Training in Richmond
3.  Under the oversight of the Statewide Workforce Training Council, authorized under SB 383, the VCCS shall report to the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees by November 4, 1998, on the progress made in establishing the Institutes of Excellence.  The report shall include, but not be limited to, the number of students enrolled and training programs offered; the number of students successfully completing training and education courses, and the types of certifications awarded; the amount or percentage of private funding contributed for the institutes' capital and operating needs; the number of businesses participating in the institutes' programming; the number of students completing the training who were placed in jobs or took action to further their education; and plans to share or broadcast information and classroom instruction to other VCCS campuses and workforce development centers in the Commonwealth.".

(This amendment establishes four statewide Institutes of Excellence for workforce training, and indicates that funding for semiconductor training equipment is provided in the Higher Education Equipment Trust Fund allocation.)