California Small Business Innovation Research Program
(a) The mission of the economic development program, subject to approval and amendment by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:
(1) To advance California's economic growth and global competitiveness through quality education and services focusing on continuous work force improvement, technology deployment, and business development.
(2) To coordinate a community college response to meet statewide work force needs that attracts, retains, and expands businesses.
(3) To develop innovative solutions, as needed, in identified strategic priority areas, including, but not limited to, advanced transportation technologies, biotechnologies, small business applications, applied competitive technologies, including computer integrated manufacturing, production, and continuous quality improvement, environmental technologies, health care delivery, international trade, and work place literacy.
(4) To identify, acquire, and leverage resources to support local, regional, and statewide economic development.
(5) To create logistical, technical, and marketing infrastructure support for economic development activities within the California Community Colleges.
(6) To optimize access to community colleges' economic development services.
(7) To develop strategic public and private sector partnerships.
(8) To assist communities experiencing military base downsizing and closures.
(b) The board of governors and the chancellor may award grants to districts for leadership in accomplishing the mission and goals of the economic development program, as described in subdivision (a).
(Amended by Stats. 1996, Ch. 276, Sec. 2.)