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Chapter 6. Curriculum And Instruction Subchapter 2. Approval By The Chancellor Article 2. Approval Of Noncredit Courses And Programs   

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(a) Before offering any noncredit short-term vocational program providing 288 hours or more of instruction on or after June 30, 2008, the governing board of a community college district shall obtain approval of the program pursuant to this section. Each course which is to be part of the program must be approved by the college curriculum committee pursuant to subdivision (c) of section 55002.

(b) The Chancellor, in consultation with the Employment Development Department, must determine that the program has high employment potential. In making this determination, the Chancellor shall utilize job demand data provided by the Employment Development Department. If current job demand data in the relevant field is not available from the Employment Development Department, the Chancellor and the Employment Development Department may rely upon other data submitted by the college.

(c) If a district seeks to claim enhanced funding for the program pursuant to Education Code sections 84750.5 and 84760.5, the program must also be designed to lead to one of the types of certificates described in subdivision (b) of section 55151.

(d) Applications shall include all of the following:

(1) a list of required courses to be included in the program;

(2) course outlines for all courses in the program;

(3) a statement of the goals and objectives of the program;

(4) a description of the relationship of the proposed program to other programs;

(5) a discussion of the possible impact of the proposed program on nearby community colleges; and

(6) an analysis of labor market need or job availability.

(e) The Chancellor shall develop forms and procedures for review and approval of such programs. If a program was approved pursuant to section 55151 prior to June 30, 2007, information provided with the prior application need not be resubmitted.

(f) If a program is approved by the Chancellor pursuant to this section, the program may be subsequently modified by the addition of other noncredit courses without the necessity to obtain separate approval of such courses from the Chancellor.

(g) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require a particular student to complete a certificate or to characterize failure to do so as a negative outcome.

(h) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent a particular student from taking additional degree-applicable coursework, pursuing an associate degree, or pursuing transfer to a baccalaureate institution in addition to or instead of seeking immediate employment.

Authority cited:

Education Code 66700

Education Code 70901

Education Code 78401

Education Code 84760.5

Reference:

Education Code 70901

Education Code 70902

Education Code 78401

Education Code 84750.5

Education Code 84760.5

(Added by Register 2007, No. 35.)