WHEREAS: the workplace of today is changing in response to factors such as heightened international competition and new technologies which cause the demand for unskilled labor to shrink, and undermines the earning power of unskilled labor;
WHEREAS: the state of Louisiana's educational and training systems have not kept pace with the changing needs of the workplace;
WHEREAS: eighty percent of the state of Louisiana's youth enter the workforce without first obtaining a college degree; consequently, many do not possess the academic or entry-level occupational skills necessary to succeed in the workplace;
WHEREAS: a substantial number of the youth of the state of Louisiana do not complete high school, especially those who are disadvantaged or have disabilities;
WHEREAS: the state of Louisiana lacks a comprehensive system to help its youth acquire the skills and abilities, and the knowledge and information needed to access the labor market and make an effective transition from school either to a career oriented job or to further education and training;
WHEREAS: the work-based learning approach, modeled after the time-honored apprenticeship concept, effectively engages student interest, enhances their skill acquisition, develops positive work attitudes, and prepares youth for highly-skilled, advanced-wage careers;
WHEREAS: the United States School-to-Work Opportunities Program has been established to provide a national framework for all states to develop high quality school-to-work transition systems that utilize workplaces as active learning environments within the educational process, 20 U.S.C.A. 1601, et seq.; and
WHEREAS: for the state of Louisiana to successfully develop a statewide school-to-work system, cooperation and collaboration are needed between business, labor, and government, and parents, students, and their communities;
NOW THEREFORE I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: A Governor's School-to-Work Council (hereafter "Council") shall be established within the Executive Branch, Office of the Governor.
SECTION 2: All members of the council shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The council shall be composed of a Management Team, an Implementation Team, and an Advisory Team. The membership of those three teams shall be as follows:
SECTION 3: The chair of the council shall be appointed by the Governor.
SECTION 4: The council shall oversee implementation of a comprehensive School-to-Work plan for the state of Louisiana. Accordingly, the council's functions include, but are not limited to, the following:
SECTION 5: The council shall submit the School-to-Work Plan and all applications for federal grants and funding for School-to-Work Programs to the Governor for approval prior to their submission to the United States Secretary of Education and/or Secretary of Labor.
SECTION 6: The council shall report to the Governor quarterly and annually on all aspects of its administration of the School-to-Work Program. The reports to the Governor shall be made available to School-to-Work Program partners.
SECTION 7: Support staff for the council and facilities for their meetings shall be provided by the Office of the Governor.
SECTION 8: Council members shall not receive compensation or a per diem, nor shall they be reimbursed for travel expenses for their attendance at meetings. Nonetheless, for special events which necessitate overnight accommodations, the travel and accommodation expenses incurred while attending such meetings may be reimbursed, in accordance with state guidelines and procedures, upon the approval of the Commissioner of the Division of Administration.
SECTION 9: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, or any political subdivisions thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the council in implementing the provisions of this Order.
SECTION 10: The provisions of this Order are effective upon signature and shall remain in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the Governor, or terminated by operation of law.
IN WITNESS THEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 30th day of August, 1996.
M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
ATTEST BY THE
Secretary of State