EXECUTIVE ORDER MJF 97-43

Community/Technical College and Adult Education Task Force


WHEREAS: the State of Louisiana recognizes the importance of having a flexible and responsive community/technical college and adult education system that is focused on providing an effective labor force adapted to the foreseeable needs of the businesses and industries in the state;

WHEREAS: the existing disparity between business needs and labor skills will broaden unless the community/technical college and adult education system and workforce development programs within the State of Louisiana adapt to the foreseeable and projected skilled labor and educational needs of the businesses and industries within the state;

WHEREAS: the State of Louisiana would benefit from an evaluation of its community/technical college and adult education system, which is currently governed by several different boards, to determine the ability of the system to effectively respond to Louisiana's future skilled labor needs and to determine whether operational and/or structural changes should be implemented to enable the state's skilled labor force to meet the foreseeable and projected needs of the state's businesses and industries; and

WHEREAS: the interests of the citizens of the State of Louisiana can be best served by the creation of a task force on community/technical college and adult education, composed of representatives of business, labor, education, the executive branch, and the legislature, that is focused on the evaluation of Louisiana's future workforce needs and recommending the strategies and structures that are necessary to strengthen Louisiana's community/technical college and adult education system so that the state will have a workforce that will be more competitive in global markets;

NOW THEREFORE I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:

SECTION 1: The Community/Technical College and Adult Education Task Force (hereafter "task force") is established within the Executive Department, Office of the Governor.

SECTION 2: The duties of the task force shall include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • A. analyzing the economic and demographic trends which affect the State of Louisiana, and evaluating the impact of these trends upon the economic competitiveness of the businesses and industries within the state and the ability of Louisiana's skilled labor force to meet the foreseeable and projected needs of those businesses and industries;

  • B. assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the State of Louisiana's community/technical college and adult education system in order to develop strategies necessary for present and future businesses and industries within the state to have a skilled workforce that enables them to compete successfully in global markets;

  • C. examining the efforts of other states in responding to the economic and demographic conditions or challenges faced by the businesses and industries in those states which are similar to the conditions or challenges faced by the businesses and industries in Louisiana, particularly with regard to those states' community/technical college and adult education strategies;

  • D. identifying operational strategies and/or governance structures which would improve the performance of Louisiana's community/technical college and adult education system to enable it to better respond to the foreseeable and projected skilled labor needs of Louisiana's present and future businesses and industries; and

  • E. recommending legislation which would improve Louisiana's ability to respond to and meet the foreseeable and projected skilled labor needs of the state's present and future businesses and industries.
  • SECTION 3: The task force shall be composed of 28 members appointed by, and serving at, the pleasure of the Governor. The membership of the task force shall be selected as follows:

  • A. the chief of staff, Office of the Governor, or the chief of staff's designee;

  • B. the chairs of the Senate Committees on Labor and Industrial Relations and on Education, or the chairs' designees;

  • C. two additional members of the Senate to be nominated by the president of the Senate;

  • D. the chairs of the House Committees on Labor and Industrial Relations and on Education, or the chairs' designees;

  • E. two additional members of the House of Representatives to be nominated by the speaker of the House of Representatives;

  • F. the secretary of the Department of Labor, or the secretary's designee;

  • G. the secretary of the Department of Economic Development, or the secretary's designee;

  • H. the superintendent of Education, or the superintendent's designee;

  • I. the commissioner of Higher Education, or the commissioner's designee;

  • J. three members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, or the members' designees;

  • K. three representatives of higher education;

  • L. two representatives of organized labor; and

  • M. seven representatives of business and industry.
  • SECTION 4: The Governor shall select the chair and vice-chair of the task force from its membership. The membership of the task force shall elect all other officers.

    SECTION 5: The task force shall meet at regularly scheduled intervals and at the call of the chair.

    SECTION 6: Support staff for the task force and facilities for its meetings shall be provided by the Office of the Governor and outside sources as necessary.

    SECTION 7: The task force shall submit to the Governor its report on the issues described in Section 2, no later than February 15, 1998.

    SECTION 8: Task force members shall not receive compensation or a per diem. Nonetheless, contingent upon the availability of funds, members who are not an employee of the State of Louisiana or one of its political subdivisions, or an elected official, may receive reimbursement from the Office of the Governor or actual travel expenses incurred, in accordance with state guidelines and procedures, and upon the approval of the commissioner of Administration.

    SECTION 9: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the task force in implementing the provisions of this Order.

    SECTION 10: This Order is 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 WHEREOF, 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 24th day of October, 1997.

    M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.
    Governor

    ATTEST BY
    THE GOVERNOR
    Fox McKeithen
    Secretary of State