(a) The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges and the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges may award grants to districts for leadership in accomplishing the mission and goals of the economic and workforce development program, as described in Section 88500.
(b) (1) The board of governors shall establish an advisory committee for the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program and determine the membership, pursuant to paragraph (2). The advisory committee shall guide overall program development, recommend resource development and deployment, and recommend strategies for implementation and coordination of regional business resources. Based on new funding and information developed by the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges pursuant to subdivision (d) and forwarded to the advisory committee, the advisory committee shall make recommendations to the chancellor and the board of governors on whether new initiatives should be undertaken, and whether existing initiatives should continue to be funded at their existing levels, their funding increased or decreased, or their funding terminated.
(2) The membership of the advisory committee shall include representatives from labor; business; appropriate state agencies; a faculty representative; a classified employee representative; and one community college chief executive officer representative from each of the 10 regions of the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program.
(3) The advisory committee shall be organized so that its work is workforce and business development driven, each leveraging the other to achieve economic development.
(c) The decision criteria for allocating funds to colleges shall take into account all of the following:
(1) Regional workforce and business development needs.
(2) Emerging industries, labor market growth sectors, and gaps in service provided by the community colleges of a region, as identified by the current regional business resource, assistance, and innovation network infrastructure with identified strategic priority areas.
(3) Performance of the college or district in the administration and achievement of proposed results of recently awarded economic development projects.
(4) For service delivery projects, the cost of organizing, administering, and delivering proposed services relative to the number of clients to be served and the expected benefits. For capacity building projects, showing how the capacity of the college is improved in order to deliver services to employers and students.
(5) Demonstrated benefit to the college and faculty resulting from the services provided for in subdivisions (a), (b), (c), (h), and (j) of Section 88531.
(d) The chancellor's office shall provide systemwide oversight and evaluation of the economic and workforce development program.
(e) The chancellor may establish program requirements and performance standards in the administration of the economic and workforce development program and distribute funds as appropriate to implement the program.
(f) The chancellor may provide technical assistance to community colleges for the purpose of improving the competitiveness of their proposals.
(g) Funds shall be awarded for the program on a competitive basis.
(h) The chancellor, in awarding short-term competitive funds, shall take into account colleges in economically distressed urban and rural areas, and colleges that have not previously been successful in the competitive bid process.
(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 225, Sec. 8.)
Education Code 88500
Education Code 88531