A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT establishing the Tribal computer programming boost scholarship Program; Assigning ADMINISTRATION of the teacher professional development component of the program to the office of public instruction and the INCENTIVIZED student training component of the program to the department of labor and industry; DESCRIBING the purposes and parameters of the program; PROVIDING AN APPROPRIATION; and PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE and a termination date."
NEW SECTION. Section 1. Tribal computer programming boost scholarship program. (1) There is a tribal computer programming boost scholarship program. The purpose of the program is to:
(3)(b) Scholarships under
the program must be used to support the professional development of high school teachers responsible for technology instruction
and currently employed or with a contract for employment
in a high school located on an Indian reservation in the state or in a high
school serving members of the Little Shell Chippewa
tribe. (4)(c) The scholarships
may be for up to $2,000 and may only be used to defray the expenses of professional development for a teacher that results in
the creation or refinement of world-class computer programming
courses offered at the teacher's high school. The professional development must
include coursework or other activities taken at a unit
of the Montana university system or a community college or tribal college located in the state.
(3) (a) The department of labor and industry shall administer the incentivized student training component of the program and develop criteria to award grants to organizations to implement incentivized student training programs.
(ii) incentivize successful completion of training milestones by providing cash or other equivalent stipends to eligible youth. Eligible youth may be paid stipends for time spent receiving instruction and for participating in unpaid work-based learning opportunities.
(iii) work with industry partners to develop youth apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship opportunities, internships, and other programs to be made available to eligible youth who complete the training program; and
(iv) provide eligible youth with information and exposure to computer science-related career and job opportunities, including the degrees or credentials required to be qualified for various opportunities, locations where the degrees or credentials may be obtained, and what secondary and postsecondary education coursework would benefit a participant who would like to pursue a computer science-related career.
(c) The department of labor and industry shall utilize available federal workforce funds and may accept contributions and donations from individuals and industry partners for the purpose of this subsection (3).
(5)(4) The education
interim committee established in 5-5-224 shall include
the monitoring of this program in its duties for the
2021 and 2022 interim and may request reports from the office of public
the department of labor and industry on the implementation of the program. The
education interim committee shall make available any
information it acquires on the program to the state-tribal relations committee established in 5-5-229 and is encouraged to
collaborate with the state-tribal relations committee in its
monitoring of the program and on any modifications to the program.
NEW SECTION. Section 2. Appropriation. There is appropriated $32,000 from the general fund to the office of public instruction for each fiscal year of the biennium beginning July 1, 2021, for the purpose of the teacher professional development aspect of the tribal computer programming boost scholarship program established in [section 1(2)]. The office of public instruction shall provide funding for at least two high school teachers currently employed or with a contract for employment in a high school located on each of the seven Indian reservations in Montana and in a high school or schools serving members of the Little Shell Chippewa tribe.
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