178.585. 1. Under rules and regulations of the state board of education, the commissioner of education, in cooperation with the director of the division of workforce development of the department of economic development, shall establish procedures to provide grants to public high schools, vocational-technical schools, State Technical College of Missouri, and community colleges solely for the purpose of new programs, curriculum enhancement, equipment and facilities so as to upgrade vocational and technical education in the state.
2. Each vocational-technical school, community college, State Technical College of Missouri, and school district of any public high school receiving a grant authorized by this section shall have an advisory committee composed of local business persons, labor leaders, parents, senior citizens, community leaders and teachers to establish a plan to ensure that students who graduate from the vocational-technical school, community college, State Technical College of Missouri, or public high school proceed to a four-year college or high-wage job with workplace-skill development opportunities.
3. The director of the department of economic development shall provide annually to the commissioner of education a listing of demand occupations in the state including substate projections. The listing shall include those occupations for which, in the judgment of the director of the department of economic development, there is a critical shortage to meet present or future employment needs necessary to the economic growth and competitiveness of the state.
4. In any fiscal year, at least seventy-five percent of all moneys for the grant awards authorized by this section shall be to public high schools, vocational-technical schools, State Technical College of Missouri, or community colleges for new programs, curriculum enhancement or equipment necessary to address demand occupations identified pursuant to subsection 3 of this section.
(L. 1993 S.B. 380 § 16, A.L. 1995 S.B. 101, A.L. 2008 H.B. 2041, A.L. 2013 H.B. 673)
Missouri General Assembly